Saturday, March 30, 2019

Ezekiel 29

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 29. 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 is the first of four chapters where Ezekiel gives prophecies, or messages from God, about the nation of Egypt.
  • Pharaoh, the leader of Egypt, is compared to a "monster lying among streams." As this metaphor continues, it becomes clear that God is trying to warn Pharaoh to turn from his own pride. If he doesn't, his nation will face ruin. Specifically, verse 12 says that Egypt will become a land "among desolated ruins."
  • This chapter warns that the Egyptians will be scattered for forty years, but eventually God will restore them to their homeland.
  • The final verses detail the beginning of God's plan to turn Egypt over to another king, named Nebuchadnezzar.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Pharaoh was too prideful to hear what God was trying to tell him. Because of Pharaoh's arrogance, the Egyptians suffered.
  • Sometimes, we find ourselves in bad circumstances because of the actions of another person. We didn't cause the situaiton, but we can look for God's guidance in determining how we react to what happened.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Are you in a bad situation because of someone else's mistake or poor decision? God invites us to come to Him with our honest feelings. Take time to tell God how you're really feeling, and ask him to guide your response to what happened. God has a bigger and better plan for your life, even if it's hard to see right now.