Saturday, March 16, 2019

March 16 - Ezekiel 25

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 25. 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?)
  • In prior chapters, God's forthcoming judgment was focused on His own people and the city of Jerusalem. Beginning in this section, God turns His attention to surrounding nations and addresses their actions and the consequences they would face.
  • The nation of Ammon did not feel any pity when Jerusalem fell and the Israelites were destroyed. They actually became really happy when they originally got the news and God was angered by this. God responded by letting them know that they would be destroyed and forgotten.
  • Moab, Seir, Edom, and Phillistine were among other surrounding nations that expressed excitement when Israel fell. Edom and Phillistine actually took it a step further and sided with Babylon while Jerusalem was in the midst of being attacked. In response, God reveals that all of them will be crushed and defeated.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In Genesis 12:1-3, Abraham, the father of Israel, receives a promise from God. In that promise, He tells Abraham among other things that He will make his descendants into a great nation, bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him. Ammon, Moab, Seir, Edom and Phillistine continually cursed Israel through their jealousy and hatred so keeping in line with His promise, God curses them back and promises judgment.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

Where does your relationship with God stand? Would you say you have a relationship with God? God is a God that keeps His promises. He says that He loves us and wants a connection with us and He means that. Keep staying involved with these Catalysts and praying because understanding His word and staying in contact with Him is incredibly important.