Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ezekiel 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 16. 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?)
  • This passage is an incredibly powerful and poetic message of Israel's history and the evolving relationship that Israel had with God over its growth and decline as a nation. God brings Israel to its humble beginnings where He points out that everyone hated Israel from the start and that He was the one that took pity on them and made them a strong nation. The imagery that is used compares Israel to a small child growing into a beautiful young woman fit to be a queen, as God takes care of the nation and grows it. 
  • It is then revealed that Israel begins to trust in itself and turn its attention to other things besides God. This action is compared to prostitution and God labels Israel as an adulterous wife that prefers strangers (other nations) to her own husband (God). Israel's actions were so evil from generation to generation that in comparison, Sodom and Samaria's (two fallen nations that were lawless and angered God repeatedly) actions looked justified.
  • God promises judgment because of Israel's evil actions but also promises that He will remember the covenant that He made with Israel.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is broken when people place things above Him and His importance. The people of Israel did it for hundreds of years and their sin progressively spiraled so far out of control that no matter what God said to them, they would not and could not listen. Even when thousands of Israelites were captured, taken into exile, and heard the message of Ezekiel, they still would not repent.
  • If we lose sight of God, follow our own ways, and spend all of our time on activities that aren't God or are wrong in the eyes of God, then we'll be lost too. The fall of Israel at this time is a warning to all of what eventually happens if we place all the trust and importance in ourselves.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

Prioritize God. Give him your time. Pray to Him and spend some time in Scripture learning about Him and what He wants for your life. He wants a relationship with you and if you allow that to happen, life will be a lot more hopeful because there will always be Someone to lean on and trust in.