Dare to Be a Daniel

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Daniel 1-2 The purpose of the book of Daniel is to inspire God’s people to be courageous in the face of opposition. “Dare to be a Daniel, dare to stand alone.” Whatever your age, do not yield to peer pressure, but rather be faithful to the Lord. Daniel and his friends were among the first exiles. Because they were well qualified, the Babylonians decided to educate them for places of government leadership. They refused to eat the food …

The Lord Is There

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Ezekiel 46-48 In these closing chapters of the vision, the similarities to the holy city of the book of Revelation become more and more evident. Water flowing from the temple becomes a mighty river, like that of “the water of life . . . flowing from the throne of God” (Rev. 22:1). There are trees on both sides of the river in both cases, trees which bear fruit every month and have leaves with healing power. In both …

Glory and Holiness

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Ezekiel 43-45 At the beginning of his ministry, Ezekiel had seen a glorious vision of the Lord. Now at this new temple, he sees the same vision. We speak of the glory of God and we say that the “chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever,” but what does the word “glory” mean? The glory of God refers to his inherent greatness which is now manifested. It is his majestic splendor which …

Worship Perfected

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Ezekiel 40-42 Ezekiel describes the rebuilding of the temple. How is this to be interpreted? The perfection described indicates that most likely it symbolizes the glorious eternal state when God’s people will worship him perfectly. This is apocalyptic literature, meant to leave a vivid impression upon us of truth beyond description rather than to be taken literally, at face value only. It cannot be taken literally since the renewal of animal sacrifices after the one perfect sacrifice of …

Alive Again

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Ezekiel 37-39 Judah’s problem is not only that it is in exile, but much more seriously that it is spiritually dead. The deadness is emphasized by the fact that the bones are “very dry.” The question “Can these bones live?” is meant to imply a “no” (37:3). Humanly speaking the cause is hopeless, but what human beings cannot do, God can do. Through the word (“prophesy to these bones”) and the Spirit (the Hebrew ruach can mean either …

Justice and Mercy

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Ezekiel 35-36 Edom (Mount Seir) rejoices when Judah falls to the Babylonians. It thinks it might take over the land. But it receives God’s justice: it falls to the Babylonians never to rise again. Israel (Judah), on the other hand, receives God’s mercy. It too deserves justice, that its destruction should end its existence as it did for Edom. But instead, after a period of exile, it will be brought back to its land by the grace of …