Saturday, February 2, 2019

February 2 - Ezekiel 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 12. 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?)
  • Ezekiel receives a message from God that he is to act out and pretend as if he is going into exile. Ezekiel was already in exile in Babylon but this re-enactment of going into exile was for the people of Israel. The purpose behind it was so that the people of Israel could understand that everyone, including King Zedekiah, was heading to captivity. There was no alternative source of hope and God wanted to drive the point home that Israel was going to be punished in full for its rejection of God and years of sin.
  • God also commands Ezekiel to act out another sign representing the imminent conquest of Judah and Israel. Ezekiel was told to quake and act fearful when he ate bread and drank water. This was to represent that the people of Israel would be so scared that they would not even be able to eat or drink food.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The Israelites were a rebellious people that chose to worship anything else but God. During exile, the Israelites in Babylon had a hope that King Zedekiah would save them and that they would return home. God squashes this fear through Ezekiel, proving to the Israelites that they would be punished in full. This also shouldn't have come as a surprise to the Israelites because God warned them for years that they were going to be held accountable for their sins- nevertheless they ignored Him and Ezekiel's re-enactments were only further assurance that all of what was warned about would now be coming true.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

God is a loving God that is full of mercy and grace. We are sinners and need to be held accountable for our sins but luckily Jesus, God's Son, gave His life up for us so that the price of sin could be paid for. We are all rebels but God still wants a relationship with you. If you believe this, pray to Him, ask Him for guidance. He's always ready to listen.