Sunday, February 3, 2019

February 3 - Ezekiel 13

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 13. 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?)
  • God turns his attention to Israel's false prophets and tells Ezekiel to speak out agains them. During exile, there were several prophets giving the Israelites reassurance that they would be saved, but the reality was that no one was getting saved and that Israel was actually going to be completely destroyed for their sin. God publicly declares that He is against the false prophets and compares their prophesies to poorly built walls covered with bright white paint.
  • God also speaks out against the female false prophets. During exile, there were a group of Israelite women that had completely turned from God and were practicing magic and relying on their own wrong beliefs. God publicly speaks out against them as well and says that they will suffer for what they're doing.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God was angry at the prophets because not only were they lying to themselves, they were also lying to all of the other exiles and causing them to stumble. God was hoping that when the Israelites were in exile, they would realize their own wrongdoings and turn towards God, but instead, they turned to their own hearts and made up false beliefs that everything was going to work out for the better.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

Is there something in your life that you're not letting go? Is there something that's continually weighing you down but you won't release it and turn towards God. Have you been lying to yourself and getting sick of it? Take a moment and pray to God. Speak with someone you trust and ask for guidance.