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“May you and I live lives that brings glory to God.” <>< Dona (11/16/20)

Please read Ezekiel 16 through 18.  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 16 Theme

Jerusalem.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You made a solemn covenant with Jerusalem and made her Yours (v. 8).

Something to think about

God took care of Jerusalem and made her royalty (v. 9-14).    Then Jerusalem began behaving more and more sinful. She turned away to other nations and their false gods. She even began to sacrifice her own children to the idols (v. 20-21).    Even the Philistines were shocked at the lewd behavior of the Israelites (v. 27). The Israelites were more depraved than Samaria or Sodom (v. 46-48).

Something to experience

As Christians, we should be wise and mature and not turn from the one true God who truly loves us.  But if we should sin as the Israelites did, we need to quickly turn and repent for then God will forgive us (v. 59-63).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by you, and looked at you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore to you, and entered into a covenant with you,” says the Sovereign Lord, “and you became Mine.”

Ezekiel 16:9-14 9 “Then I washed you with water. Yes, I thoroughly washed away your blood from you, and I anointed you with oil. 10 I clothed you also with embroidered work, and put sealskin sandals on you. I dressed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. 11 I decked you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands, and put a chain on your neck. 12 I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 Thus you were decked with gold and silver. Your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered work. You ate fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and you prospered to royal estate. 14 Your renown went out among the nations for your beauty; for it was perfect, through My majesty which I had put on you,” says the Sovereign Lord.

Ezekiel 16:20-21 20 “Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have borne to Me, and you have sacrificed these to them to be devoured. Was your prostitution a small matter, 21 that you have slain My children, and delivered them up, in causing them to pass through the fire to them? 22 In all your abominations and your prostitution you have not remembered the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, and were wallowing in your blood.”

Ezekiel 16:27 “See therefore, I have stretched out My hand over you, and have diminished your portion, and delivered you to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd way.” 

Ezekiel 16:46-48 46 “Your elder sister is Samaria, who dwells at your left hand, she and her daughters; and your younger sister, who dwells at your right hand, is Sodom with her daughters. 47 Yet you have not walked in their ways, nor done their abominations; but soon you were more corrupt than they in all your ways. 48 As I live,” says the Sovereign Lord, “Sodom your sister has not done, she nor her daughters, as you have done, you and your daughters.”

Ezekiel 16:59-63 59 “For the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I will also deal with you as you have done, who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant. 60 Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. 61 Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed, when you receive your sisters, your elder sisters and your younger; and I will give them to you for daughters, but not by your covenant. 62 I will establish My covenant with you. Then you will know that I am the Lord; 63 that you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more, because of your shame, when I have forgiven you all that you have done,’” says the Sovereign Lord.

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Ezekiel 17 Theme

Speaking God’s Word.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, only You can give us true hope through Your Word.

Something to think about

God, through Ezekiel, said He would plant a tender sprig, the Messiah, whose kingdom would grow and become a shelter for all who came to Him.  This prophecy was fulfilled at the coming of Christ Jesus (v. 22-24).

Something to experience

God can still speak the Truth (His Word) through His chosen people.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 17:22-24 22 “The Sovereign Lord says: ‘I will also take some of the lofty top of the cedar, and will plant it. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23 I will plant it in the mountain of the height of Israel; and it will produce boughs, and bear fruit, and be a good cedar. Birds of every kind will dwell in the shade of its branches. 24 All the trees of the field will know that I, the Lord, have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree flourish. I, the Lord, have spoken and have done it.’”

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Ezekiel 18 Theme

Sin kills.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You only punish us for our own personal sin (v. 4).

Something to think about

God judges each person individually.  And no matter how good or bad our parents are or were, our behavior is what God credits to our spiritual account (v. 19-20).

Something to experience

Although we often suffer from the effects of another’s sin, God doesn’t punish us for someone else’s sin. Each of us is accountable to God for what we ourselves do (v. 30-32).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins, he shall die.”

Ezekiel 18:19-20 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why doesn’t the son bear the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done that which is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes, and has done them, he will surely live. 20 The soul who sins, he shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him.”

Ezekiel 18:30-32 30 “Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, everyone according to his ways,” says the Sovereign Lord. “Return, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity will not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, in which you have transgressed; and make yourself a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies,” says the Sovereign Lord “Therefore turn yourselves, and live!”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will never turn from following You (Ezekiel 16:8). Lord, I pray we will not be like the people of Sodom, who were arrogant, gluttons, and indifferent to the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16:49).  Lord, I pray we will be open to however You want to speak to us – whether through visions, dreams, sermons or any other way (Ezekiel 17).  Lord, thank You for sending Christ Jesus to save us (Ezekiel 17:22-24).  Lord, I pray we will quickly repent and turn back to You when we sin (Ezekiel 18:14, 17). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I quickly repent and turn back to the Lord when we sin.” <>< Dona