Saturday, April 20, 2019

April 20 - Ezekiel 35

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 35. 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?)
  • Well, this is bad news for the kingdom of Edom. Ten chapters ago, Ezekiel concluded a series of warnings from God against Edom. Now God has told Ezekiel to return his focus to Edom, and further warn of its pending destruction. 
  • You'll notice Mount Seir is mentioned frequently. It is a mountainous region of Edom, though in this particular chapter it is most likely referring to the people of the region, not the geographical location itself.
  • The people of Edom had attempted to overpower the Israelites, God's people. This chapter warns the Edomites that they will be punished for this attempted coup. 
  • This entire section foreshadows people who would, thousands of years later, harm Jesus and his followers. The majority of such people were descendants of the Edomites. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • When the Israelites were being attacked by people from Edom, they might have felt hopeless, or like God wasn't on their side.
  • In this chapter, we learn that God is always looking out for His people, even if it isn't obvious right away.
  • If we've committed to follow Jesus, God is looking out for us. Our circumstances right now might not make it feel that way, but God sees the bigger picture that our finite minds can't envision.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you tempted to give up? Do you feel like God doesn't have your back? That's a normal way to feel. The truth, though, is that God is always looking out for us.
  • Talk to Him about your feelings of hopelessness, and ask Him to remind you of His goodness. Ask Him to help you stay faithful, and thank Him in advance for the good future He is going to bring.