Sunday, March 10, 2019

Ezekiel 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 24. 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 chapter opens with a prophecy- an announcement of the day that the King of Babylon would begin to attack Jerusalem. This was an important date because this would be the final siege, conquest and destruction of Jerusalem that God had warned his people about for so long. God describes this attack through a parable of a cooking pot and meat cooking within it.
  • The second part of the chapter describes a strange incident where God lets Ezekiel know that his wife is going to die and forbids him from publicly crying or mourning. That night, Ezekiel's wife dies and the following day, Ezekiel lets the people know that she is dead. The people are so confused that Ezekiel is not crying or mourning and they ask him why. God speaks through Ezekiel and explains that Ezekiel's actions are a sign that the people are going to act the same way when Jerusalem is destroyed.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In the parable of the cooking pot, the cooking pot represented Jerusalem and the pieces of meat represented the people of Jerusalem. As a result of the attack from Babylon, the people of Jerusalem were going to "boil and cook" and their sin and evilness would be evident for all to see.
  • The event that takes place with Ezekiel and his wife is odd but there was purpose behind it. Ezekiel was a captive from Jerusalem living amongst other captives from Jerusalem. These captives fully believed that God would not actually destroy Jerusalem. God's temple was in Jerusalem and the people had an irrational and improper confidence in the temple, and that God would always protect it. God used the Babylonians to destroy it though and everything surrounding it, including the people. All of the captives that Ezekiel was preaching to had family and friends still living in Jerusalem. The incident with Ezekiel and his wife was a sign that when Jerusalem falls, the captives are to be so shocked beyond belief, that they will be incapable of mourning normally.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

Is there something/someone in your life that you are putting an irrational sense of confidence in? Something that you know deep down is not good for you but you continue to trust in anyway? Consider taking the issue to God, praying about it and looking in the Bible. Go to a trusted friend and consult with them. God is always more than capable of bringing anyone out of unhealthy situations if they truly desire.