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 …

Called to Be a Prophet

READ : Ezekiel 1-3 Ezekiel was part of a group of Jews taken into exile in Babylon about 10 years before the fall of Jerusalem, so that his ministry is in Babylon at the same time Jeremiah is serving in Jerusalem. Near Babylon he has a great vision of the glory of God. A passage such as chapter 1 is called apocalyptic literature. It is a great message from God expressed in symbolic language intended to give a vivid impression …

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

READ : Lamentations 3-5 Jeremiah complains because of how God has treated him. Then his mood changes as he realizes that “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases” (3:22). This new mood is expressed in words which form the basis for part of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Then he uses words which are the basis for part of the prayer in the Funeral Service in the Liturgy of the Reformed Church in America, “He does not willingly …