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“May you and I faithfully follow the Lord.” <>< Dona (11/12/20)

Please read Ezekiel 10 through 12.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Ezekiel 10 Theme

The glory and the temple.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, because of Israel’s sin Your glory would soon leave the temple (v. 18-19).

Something to think about

God’s holiness required that Israel’s sin be judged (v. 2).

Something to experience

So, we don’t experience God’s departure from our life, we need to pray we, our families, our churches and our nation follow Him faithfully (v. 18).  

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 10:2 He spoke to the man clothed in linen, and said, “Go in between the whirling wheels, even under the cherub, and fill both your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.”

Ezekiel 10:18-19 18 The Lord’s glory went out from over the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim. 19 The cherubim lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight when they went out, with the wheels beside them. Then they stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord’s house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

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Ezekiel 11 Theme

Judgment of the leaders (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the leaders were poor examples for the people.

Something to think about

The leaders were the ones who caused the people to go astray (v. 5-6).  The Israelites had been warned to not follow pagan customs and religious practices of other nations (v. 12).  God promised Ezekiel He would still restore the faithful few to their homeland (v. 13-17). And He would give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them (v. 19).  And then they would follow after God and His Word (v. 20).

Something to experience

Without God we’re always in danger of being harmed (v 2).  Just like God knew the thoughts of the Israelites, He knows every thought we have (v. 5).  We too need to follow God’s standards not the world’s (v 12, 20). We too need to seek an undivided heart and a new spirit from the Lord if we haven’t already (v. 19).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 11:1 Moreover the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me to the east gate of the Lord’s house, which looks eastward. Behold, twenty-five men were at the door of the gate; and I saw among them Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. 

Ezekiel 11:2 He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity, and who give wicked counsel in this city; …”

Ezekiel 11:5-6 The Lord’s Spirit fell on me, and He said to me, “Speak, thus you have said, house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind. You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.”

Ezekiel 11:12 “You will know that I am the Lord, for you have not walked in My statutes, You have not executed My ordinances, but have done after the ordinances of the nations that are around you.”

Ezekiel 11:13-17 13 When I prophesied, Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, “Ah Sovereign Lord! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?” 14 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, 15 “Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, the men of your relatives, and all the house of Israel, all of them, are they to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far away from the Lord. This land has been given to us for a possession.’”  16 “Therefore say, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Whereas I have removed them far off among the nations, and whereas I have scattered them among the countries, yet I will be to them a sanctuary for a little while in the countries where they have come.”’  17 “Therefore say, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “I will gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”

Ezekiel 11:19-20 19 “I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh; 20 that they may walk in My statutes, and keep My ordinances, and do them. They will be My people, and I will be their God.” 

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Ezekiel 12 Theme

Ezekiel acted out the exile.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Ezekiel was living among a rebellious people (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

This dramatization by Ezekiel portrayed what was going to happen to the house of Israel and the prince of Jerusalem (v. 7-14). The Lord would scatter most but spare a few of the people (v. 15-16). Through two messages, the Lord warned that what He said would come true soon (v. 21-25, 26-28).

Something to experience

 We need to acknowledge our sin and repent and do God’s will (Ezekiel 12:15-16).  We need to learn and know God is our Lord before our towns are wasted and our land is desolate (Ezekiel 12:20).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 12:1-21 The Lord’s word also came to me, saying, “Son of man, you dwell in the middle of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see, and don’t see, who have ears to hear, and don’t hear; for they are a rebellious house.”

Ezekiel 12:7-14 I did so as I was commanded. I brought out my stuff by day, as stuff for moving, and in the evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought it out in the dark, and bore it on my shoulder in their sight.  In the morning, the Lord’s word came to me, saying, “Son of man, hasn’t the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’  10 “Say to them, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel among whom they are.”’  11 “Say, ‘I am your sign. As I have done, so will it be done to them. They will go into exile, into captivity.  12 “‘The prince who is among them will bear on his shoulder in the dark, and will go out. They will dig through the wall to carry things out that way. He will cover his face, because he will not see the land with his eyes. 13 I will also spread my net on him, and he will be taken in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he will not see it, though he will die there. 14 I will scatter toward every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his bands. I will draw out the sword after them.”

Ezekiel 12:20 “The cities that are inhabited will be laid waste, and the land will be a desolation. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel 12:21-25 21 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, 22 “Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails?’ 23 Tell them therefore, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “I will make this proverb to cease, and they will no more use it as a proverb in Israel;”’ but tell them, ‘“The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. 24 For there will be no more any false vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. 25 For I am the Lord. I will speak, and the word that I speak will be performed. It will be no more deferred; for in your days, rebellious house, I will speak the word, and will perform it,” says the Sovereign Lord.’”

Ezekiel 12:26-28 26 Again the Lord’s word came to me, saying, 27 “Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days to come, and he prophesies of times that are far off.’  28 “Therefore tell them, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “None of My words will be deferred any more, but the word which I speak will be performed,” says the Sovereign Lord.’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray that our spiritual leaders will tell only the truth (Ezekiel 10:2).  Lord, I pray, unlike the Israelites, we will indeed commit ourselves, along with our families, churches and nation, to following close after You (Ezekiel 10:18).   Lord, I pray we will obey all Your Word (Ezekiel 11:12). Lord, I pray we will receive a new heart and new spirit from You (Ezekiel 11:19). Lord, unlike the Israelites, I pray we will follow You faithfully (Ezekiel 12:1-2).  Lord, I pray we will acknowledge our sin and repent and do Your will (Ezekiel 12:15-16).  Lord, I pray we will know You as our Lord without our towns being laid wasted (Ezekiel 12:20). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I follow the Lord faithfully.” <>< Dona