History of God and His People

READ : Ezekiel 20–21 The elders come to Ezekiel inquiring of the Lord, but instead of giving them an answer, he gives them a history lesson and recounts the way God dealt graciously with Israel, despite how Israel responded with unfaithfulness. This approach, recounting the history of God’s dealing with his people, is very common in the Bible. We should consider the history of the church. God called into being the church. He built it upon the foundation of Christ. …

Two Eagles and a Lioness

READ : Ezekiel 17-19 Ezekiel is given a riddle by the Lord. An eagle representing Babylon came to a cedar tree and took the top twig representing Jehoiachin, king of Judah, and carried it away. He then takes Zedekiah and plants him and he becomes a vine. The vine then turns to a second eagle, Egypt, and in doing so breaks his covenant with Babylon. God is so opposed to someone not keeping a covenant that he will punish Zedekiah …

False, Hypocritical, and Unfaithful

READ : Ezekiel 13-16 Today the emphasis is on positive thinking, and there is much to be said for having a positive outlook when one has true faith in Christ. Trusting in the sovereign Lord, we ought to be optimistic. But there is much emphasis on the negative in the Bible also. It describes the tragic results of sin vividly so that people will be strongly motivated to turn away from sin. The true prophets were always battling the false …

Greater Abominations

READ : Ezekiel 8-12 Ezekiel is given a vision which transports him to Jerusalem so that he may see what great evils are being committed there. Then he will understand that the Lord must punish these things which are abominations in his sight. God shows Ezekiel one scene of wickedness after another, in each case saying, “You will see still greater abominations” (8:6, 13, 15). People today say, “How could God punish people? Is he not a God of love?” …

Getting Attention

READ : Ezekiel 4-7 We must never seek to draw attention to ourselves. John the Baptist is our example here. He pointed away from himself to Christ. But God wants us to draw attention to the message he has given us. It is so important that people listen, that sometimes extreme means must be taken. Ezekiel is commanded to exhibit some strange behavior so that the Jews in Babylon will realize that their complacent attitude in thinking that soon the …