Sunday, June 2, 2019

June 2 - Ezekiel 47

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 47. 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 Ezekiel's vision, the mysterious man (whose appearance was "like bronze") continues to show him around a Temple.
  • They walk outside the building and step into a river. The head of the river was just a trickle, but as they walked into the stream, the water grew deeper and deeper, eventually becoming knee-deep.
  • Starting in verse 13, Ezekiel is told how the land surrounding the Temple should be divided. At first glance it might seem like another monotonous set of details, but this is a big deal: the instructions are about how to divide land for foreigners. Up until this point, foreigners weren't able to own land in the region or fully participate in other civic activities. God had set this privilege aside solely for the Israelites, his chosen people... until now. This might foreshadow Jesus, who came for everyone, not just an elite or churchy group of people.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God loves all people equally. We're not better or worse than anyone else, and God invites us to share our faith with people around us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Who in your life could you talk to about your faith this week? It doesn't have to be an intense or deep conversation. It could be as simple as saying, "Hey, I go to a really cool church called Verve. I think you might like it. Would you be open to coming with me to check it out this weekend?"
  • It might take several invitations before they agree to visit, but it will be worth it for them to find life in God.