Saturday, January 26, 2019

January 26 - Ezekiel 10

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 10. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Today’s chapter is Ezekiel’s vision of the glory of God leaving the Temple where he dwelled. Many generations before, God rescued the people of Israel by leading them out of slavery in Egypt. The people travelled through the wilderness for 40 years until God led them to the land of Israel. During their time in the wilderness, the people had the Tabernacle which was a portable tent that served as God’s home and a place of worship for the Israelites. When they reached Israel, the Temple was built as a permanent stone structure to replace the mobile Tabernacle and the Temple became the place where God’s glory dwelled.
  • God’s glory left the Temple because of the sins of the people of Israel and their actions which defiled the Temple. In Ezekiel’s vision, the burning coals scattered over the city represent the purging of sin.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God desires to be in a close relationship with his people, but he is perfect and therefore he will not allow sin to be near him. God did not leave the Temple (and his people) because he stopped      loving them; he removed himself because the people continued to conduct their lives with sinful thoughts and actions. God could not be around that.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We all carry imperfections and none of us can be perfect, but we can all make a choice to live better. The first step is to recognize our shortcomings. Take a moment now to talk to God and ask him to help you see the imperfections in your life. Does your anger ignite in a flash? Are you prone to speaking before thinking? Is self-control an area where you struggle? Ask God to give you awareness of the areas where you need growth and the fortitude to turn towards making the right choices today.