Sunday, March 3, 2019

March 3 - Ezekiel 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 22. 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?)
  • Similar themes of judgment from previous chapters continue on into this passage. God begins by rebuking the nation of Israel as whole. He calls it "the bloody city"because of the evil and bloodshed that Israel brought into the world. God then directs his words towards the leaders of Israel. He labels out some of the sins that they are guilty of- sexual sins (incest, rape, immorality), economic sins (extortion, mistreatment of the poor) and sins against God Himself (worshipping other idols). God also rebukes the priests of Israel because they were in charge of teaching the people about God but failed.
  • God finishes the passage by revealing that He looked for a person within Israel that sought after Him and could get the nation back on track with living right and living for Him but found no one. (It's assumed that God was talking about a person within Israel that already had kingly status. Jeremiah was a man within Israel that had a relationship with God but no one listened to him and he was regularly mocked.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Israel was supposed to be a nation that put God first and represented God in a positive light to all surrounding nations. In Israel's early days, they followed God earnestly and benefited greatly from it. But over generations, Israel strayed away from what God wanted and became truly evil, thus becoming "the bloody city." Israel's judgment was due and God warned them that it was imminent.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

God is a loving God but He also holds us accountable for our wrongdoings. Whether we'd like to admit it or not, we are all sinners and all mess up. Take some time to confess your sins and give them to God. He's ready to listen, ready to forgive, and ready to have a relationship with you if you desire.