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“May you and I stay far from evil.” <>< Dona (11/13/20)

Please read Ezekiel 13 through 15.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> 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 13 Theme

False prophets.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, some prophets just prophesy out of their own imagination (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

These false prophets didn’t care about the truth (v. 6-7). They were leading the people astray (v. 10).  The Lord said He would destroy them (v. 14).  Magic charms were used to ensnare the people (v. 18). 

Something to experience

We need to beware of those who bend the truth (v. 1-3).  God is against magic charms (v. 20).  We need to stay far from anything that tries to ensnare us (v. 21-23).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 13:1-3 1 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, 2“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the Lord’s word: The Sovereign Lord says, “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!” 

Ezekiel 13:6-7 “They have seen falsehood and lying divination, who say, ‘The Lord says;’ but the Lord has not sent them. They have made men to hope that the word would be confirmed. Haven’t you seen a false vision, and haven’t you spoken a lying divination, in that you say, ‘The Lord says;’ but I have not spoken?”

Ezekiel 13:10  ‘Because, even because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace;’ and there is no peace. When one builds up a wall, behold, they plaster it with whitewash. 11 Tell those who plaster it with whitewash that it will fall. There will be an overflowing shower; and you, great hailstones, will fall. A stormy wind will tear it. 12 Behold, when the wall has fallen, won’t it be said to you, “Where is the plaster with which you have plastered it?”

Ezekiel 13:14 “So I will break down the wall that you have plastered with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered. It will fall, and you will be consumed in the middle of it. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” 

Ezekiel 13:18 … “The Sovereign Lord says: ‘Woe to the women who sew magic charms for their wrists, and make kerchiefs for the head of persons of every stature to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and save souls alive for yourselves?” 

Ezekiel 13:20 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Behold, I am against your magic charms, with which you hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms. I will let the souls go, even the souls whom you hunt to make them fly.’” 

Ezekiel 13:21-23 21 “I will also tear your kerchiefs, and deliver My people out of your hand, and they will be no more in your hand to be hunted. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 22 Because with lies you have grieved the heart of the righteous, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, and be saved alive. 23 Therefore you shall no more see false visions, nor practice divination. I will deliver My people out of your hand. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

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Ezekiel 14 Theme

Condemnation of Idolaters.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the elders set up idols in their hearts (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

Not only did the elders of Israel have idols in their hearts, they put wicked stumbling blocks before their face (v. 1-3).  Ezekiel was told by God to tell the house of Israel to repent, turn from their idols and renounce all their detestable practices (v. 6).  The people of Judah kept God-fearing men around in case they wanted to ask God something (v. 7-8).  Even in what was happening to the idolaters, some survived (v. 22-23).

Something to experience

Do we have idols in our heart?  Do we value our reputation, our wealth or our own pleasure more than our relationship with God? We should never let anything capture our allegiance if it will replace or weaken our commitment to God.  Each of us needs to take care of our own relationship with God (v. 11).  We too can be saved if we’ll get our priorities straight with God (v. 22-23).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 14:1-3 Then some of the elders of Israel came to me, and sat before me. The Lord’s word came to me, saying, “Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face. Should I be inquired of at all by them? Therefore speak to them, and tell them, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Every man of the house of Israel who takes his idols into his heart, and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet; I, the Lord, will answer him therein according to the multitude of his idols; that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols.”’

Ezekiel 14:6 “Therefore tell the house of Israel, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Return, and turn yourselves from your idols! Turn away your faces from all your abominations.”

Ezekiel 14:7-8 “For everyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who live in Israel, who separates himself from Me, and takes his idols into his heart, and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet to inquire for himself of Me; I, the Lord, will answer him by Myself. I will set My face against that man, and will make him an astonishment, for a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from among My people. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel 14:11 “that the house of Israel may no more go astray from Me, neither defile themselves any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be My people, and I may be their God,” says the Sovereign Lord.

Ezekiel 14:22-23 22 “Yet, behold, there will be left a remnant in it that will be carried out, both sons and daughters. Behold, they will come out to you, and you will see their way and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought on Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought on it. 23 They will comfort you, when you see their way and their doings; then you will know that I have not done all that I have done in it without cause,” says the Sovereign Lord.

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Ezekiel 15 Theme

A useless vine (v. 5).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the people of Jerusalem were of no value to You (v. 8).

Something to think about

The people were unfaithful to God because they were worshipping idols (v. 8).

Something to experience

Are we useless or are we valuable to God?

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 15:1-8 1 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, “Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, the vine-branch which is among the trees of the forest? Will wood be taken of it to make anything? Will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel on it? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire has devoured both its ends, and the middle of it is burned. Is it profitable for any work? Behold, when it was whole, it was suitable for no work. How much less, when the fire has devoured it, and it has been burned, will it yet be suitable for any work?”  Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: “As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will set My face against them. They will go out from the fire, but the fire will devour them. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them. I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass,” says the Sovereign Lord.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will seek Your Word (Ezekiel 13:8-9).  Lord, I pray we will stay far from witchcraft (Ezekiel 13:18). Lord, I pray we will not worship anything or anyone but You (Ezekiel 14:11). Lord, I pray we will faithfully serve You (Ezekiel 14:22-23).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I worship the one true God.” <>< Dona