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“May you and I allow God to purify us.” <>< Dona (11/18/20)

Please read Ezekiel 22 through 24.  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 22 Theme

The who, the why, the how.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You judged Jerusalem.

Something to think about

The leaders, the priest and the people of Jerusalem were all being judged (v. 1-5).  The leaders were responsible for the moral climate of the nation (v. 6-13). The people (the other citizens) had become like dross, good for nothing (v. 17-22). And the priest were neither keeping the worship pure nor teaching the people the ways of God (v. 26).  The princes were being dishonest (v. 27).  The prophets were lying (v. 28).  The people were mistreating the foreigners (v. 29).  And nobody was standing in the gap for the land (v. 30).  So, God had to judge them (v. 31).

Something to experience

Our leaders need to set good examples for us (v. 6-13).  We need to learn from the nation of Israel, and recognize the Lord our God (v. 16). We need to treat others fairly, compassionately and kindly (v. 29).  We need, through prayer, to stand in the gap for our nation (v. 30).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 22:1-5 1 Moreover the Lord’s word came to me, saying, “You, son of man, will you judge? Will you judge the bloody city? Then cause her to know all her abominations. You shall say, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “A city that sheds blood within herself, that her time may come, and that makes idols against herself to defile her! You have become guilty in your blood that you have shed, and are defiled in your idols which you have made! You have caused your days to draw near, and have come even to your years. Therefore, I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mocking to all the countries. Those who are near, and those who are far from you, will mock you, you infamous one, full of tumult.”

Ezekiel 22:6-13 “Behold, the princes of Israel, everyone according to his power, have been in you to shed blood. In you have they treated father and mother with contempt.  Among you they have oppressed the foreigner. In you they have wronged the fatherless and the widow. You have despised my holy things, and have profaned my Sabbaths. Slanderous men have been in you to shed blood. In you they have eaten on the mountains. They have committed lewdness among you. 10 In you have they uncovered their fathers’ nakedness. In you have they humbled her who was unclean in her impurity. 11 One has committed abomination with his neighbor’s wife; and another has lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law. Another in you has humbled his sister, his father’s daughter. 12 In you have they taken bribes to shed blood. You have taken interest and increase, and you have greedily gained of your neighbors by oppression, and have forgotten me,” says the Sovereign Lord.

Ezekiel 22:17-22 17 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, 18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me. All of them are bronze, tin, iron, and lead in the middle of the furnace. They are the dross of silver 19 Therefore the Sovereign Lord  says: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the middle of Jerusalem. 20 As they gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the middle of the furnace, to blow the fire on it, to melt it; so, I will gather you in My anger and in My wrath, and I will lay you there, and melt you. 21 Yes, I will gather you, and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you will be melted in the middle of it. 22 As silver is melted in the middle of the furnace, so you will be melted in the middle of it; and you will know that I, the Lord, have poured out My wrath on you.’”

Ezekiel 22:26 “Her priests have done violence to My law, and have profaned My holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they caused men to discern between the unclean and the clean, and have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths. So, I am profaned among them.” 

Ezekiel 22:27 “Her princes within it are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, that they may get dishonest gain.” 

Ezekiel 22:28 “Her prophets have plastered for them with whitewash, seeing false visions, and divining lies to them, saying, ‘The Sovereign Lord says,’ when the Lord has not spoken.” 

Ezekiel 22:29 “The people of the land have used oppression and exercised robbery. Yes, they have troubled the poor and needy, and have oppressed the foreigner wrongfully.”

Ezekiel 22:30 “I sought for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.” 

Ezekiel 22:31 “Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them. I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath. I have brought their own way on their heads,” says the Sovereign Lord.

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Ezekiel 23 Theme

Northern and Southern Kingdoms.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You compared both the northern and southern kingdoms to prostitutes (v. 28-31).

Something to think about

Both kingdoms were committing spiritual prostitution.  The Lord told them they would bear the consequences of their sin (v. 35).  The Lord reviewed all they had done (v. 36-39). And what He would do (v. 46-49).

Something to experience

When we spend more time with other people and other things rather than with God, we too are being unfaithful.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 23:28-31 28 “For the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Behold, I will deliver you into the hand of them whom you hate, into the hand of them from whom your soul is alienated. 29 They will deal with you in hatred, and will take away all your labor, and will leave you naked and bare. The nakedness of your prostitution will be uncovered, both your lewdness and your prostitution. 30 These things will be done to you, because you have played the prostitute after the nations, and because you are polluted with their idols. 31 You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore, I will give her cup into your hand.’”

Ezekiel 23:35 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you have forgotten Me, and cast Me behind your back, therefore you also bear your lewdness and your prostitution.’”

Ezekiel 23:36-39 36 The Lord said moreover to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations. 37 For they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols. They have also caused their sons, whom they bore to Me, to pass through the fire to them to be devoured. 38 Moreover this they have done to Me: they have defiled My sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned My Sabbaths. 39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into My sanctuary to profane it; and behold, they have done this in the middle of My house.”

Ezekiel 23:46-49 46 “For the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I will bring up a mob against them, and will give them to be tossed back and forth and robbed. 47 The company will stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords. They will kill their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.  48 “‘Thus I will cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to be lewd like you. 49 They will recompense your lewdness on you, and you will bear the sins of your idols. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.’”

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Ezekiel 24 Theme

A Cooking Pot.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, even difficult times didn’t cause Jerusalem to come clean (v. 12).  

Something to think about

The city of Jerusalem was like a pot that couldn’t be cleaned (v. 6). Though God desired to cleanse the lives of those who lived in Jerusalem (v. 9-11). The Lord told Ezekiel not to mourn his wife’s death.  His behavior mirrored how God wanted the exiles to react to Jerusalem’s destruction (v. 20-24).

Something to experience

When we face tough times, will we allow God to use these events to burn away our sin?  Our difficulties need to be looked at as opportunities for spiritual growth.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 24:6 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: “Woe to the bloody city, to the cauldron whose rust is in it, and whose rust hasn’t gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece.  No lot is fallen on it.”

Ezekiel 24:9-11 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great.  10 Heap on the wood.  Make the fire hot.  Boil the meat well.  Make the broth thick, and let the bones be burned.  11 Then set it empty on its coals, that it may be hot, and its bronze may burn, and that its filthiness may be molten in it, that its rust may be consumed.'”

Ezekiel 24:12 “She is weary with toil; yet her great rust, rust by fire, doesn’t leave her.”

Ezekiel 24:20-24 20 Then I said to them, “the Lord’s word came to me, saying, 21 ‘Speak to the house of Israel, “The Sovereign Lord says: ‘Behold, I will profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pities; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword. 22 You will do as I have done. You won’t cover your lips or eat mourner’s bread. 23 Your turbans will be on your heads, and your sandals on your feet. You won’t mourn or weep; but you will pine away in your iniquities, and moan one toward another. 24 Thus Ezekiel will be a sign to you; according to all that he has done, you will do. When this comes, then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.’”’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray, unlike the princes of Israel, our leaders will set good examples for us (Ezekiel 22:6-13).  Lord, I pray, we will learn from the nation of Israel, and recognize You as our God (Ezekiel 22:16). Lord, I pray we will treat others fairly, compassionately and kindly (Ezekiel 22:29).  Lord, I pray You will find many among us standing in the gap for our nation (Ezekiel 22:30). Lord, I pray we will be grateful for the privilege to know You and serve You (Ezekiel 23).  Lord, I pray we will trust Your Word over all other words in this world (Ezekiel 23). Lord, I pray we will recognize every situation in our life as an opportunity to grow in our faith (Ezekiel 24:14).  Lord, I pray we will indeed know that You are the Lord (Ezekiel 24:27).

“May you and I recognize every situation is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith.” <>< Dona