Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ezekiel 14 & 15

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 14 & 15. 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?)
  • The passage begins with the leaders of the nation of Israel sitting down with Ezekiel, and God immediately revealing to Ezekiel that the leaders were idolaters. God condemns the leaders and says that He will answer them with judgment. God then addresses the entire nation of Israel and says that if any person in the nation is guilty of idolatry, He will also be judged.
  • God then reaffirms that Israel will not be able to escape His judgment in any way. He labels four plagues that would fall on Israel and even adds that in the event of Noah, Daniel, and Job living in Israel, the nation would still not be saved.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Idolatry was and still is a serious offense that hurts God and gets in the way of having a full relationship with Him. It is the act of placing something besides God above God. In ancient times, idolatry was typically the worship of some sort of object carved out of wood, stone, or gold. In present day, not many people can be caught worshipping stone carvings but several can be found guilty of spending excessive amounts of time at work, watching sports, looking at your phone. (Not one of these activities is bad at its core but placed above the importance of God, it becomes an issue.)
  • In regards to the mention of Noah, Daniel, and Job, God was trying to drive the point across that the righteousness of a few good people can't protect everyone else in the nation from being judged. Everyone is accountable for their actions and each person is required to individually turn away from their sins.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

Are there a few things in your life that you spend too much time doing? Social media, sports, work, parties, etc.? If there are some things that are running your life a little more than you'd like them to, try taking a moment to step back and pray. Find some ways where you can increase time spent with God because He wants to be the most important thing in your life.