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“May you and I open our heart and our life to the Lord.” <>< Dona (11/25/20)

Please read Ezekiel 37 through 39.  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.

Theme Ezekiel 37

New life and a nation restored.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Israel’s northern and southern kingdoms will be united (v. 22).

Something to think about

The dry bones represented the Israelites in captivity (v. 11).  They were scattered and dead spiritually (v. 12-13).  But the Lord would raise them up (v. 14). The reuniting is still in the future. God wants to bring new spiritual life into His people so that their hearts and attitudes will be right with Him (v. 26-28). 

Something to experience

The Lord is even now calling dead churches back to Himself.  He desires to give life back to dead churches. He wants to cleanse and renew our hearts by His Spirit.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 37:11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost. We are completely cut off.’” 

Ezekiel 37:12-13 12 “Therefore prophesy, and tell them, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 You will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people..”‘” 

Ezekiel 37:14 “I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live. Then I will place you in your own land; and you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.

Ezekiel 37:22 “I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. One king will be king to them all. They will no longer be two nations. They won’t be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.” 

Ezekiel 37:26-28 26 “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them. It will be an everlasting covenant with them. I will place them, multiply them, and will set My sanctuary among them forever more. 27 My tent also will be with them. I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28 The nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is among them forever more.”

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Theme Ezekiel 38

Gog.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are against Gog (v. 2-3).

Something to think about

According to my Bible notes Gog and his allies plan to attack Israel. Their purpose is to destroy God’s people. But God has a plan (v. 14-16).

Something to experience

God will deliver His people.  For no enemy can overcome God’s mighty power (v. 22-23).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 38:2-3“Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘The Sovereign Lord: “Behold, I am against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.” 

Ezekiel 38:14-16 14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and tell Gog, ‘The Sovereign Lord says: “In that day when My people Israel dwells securely, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you, and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. 16 You will come up against My people Israel as a cloud to cover the land. It will happen in the latter days, that I will bring you against My land, that the nations may know Me, when I am sanctified in you, Gog, before their eyes.”'”

Ezekiel 38:22-23 22 “I will enter into judgment with him (Gog) with pestilence and with blood. I will rain on him, and on his hordes, and on the many peoples who are with him, an overflowing shower, with great hailstones, fire, and sulfur. 23 I will magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself, and I will make Myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

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Theme Ezekiel 39

Prophecy against Gog continued.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You show Yourself strong (v. 2-5).

Something to think about

Because of God’s victory His name will be known throughout the earth (v. 7).

Something to experience

When we are on God’s side, we are guaranteed ultimate victory over every enemy because God will be fighting for us (v. 21-25, 29). 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 39:2-5 “I (the Lord) will turn you around, and will lead you on, and will cause you to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring you onto the mountains of Israel. I will strike your bow out of your left hand, and will cause your arrows to fall out of your right hand. You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you, and all your hordes, and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the animals of the field to be devoured. You will fall on the open field; for I have spoken it,” says the Sovereign Lord. 

Ezekiel 39:7 “I will make My holy name known among My people Israel. I won’t allow My holy name to be profaned any more. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.” 

Ezekiel 39:21-25 21 “I will set My glory among the nations. Then all the nations will see My judgment that I have executed, and My hand that I have laid on them. 22 So the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God, from that day and forward. 23 The nations will know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they trespassed against Me, and I hid My face from them; so, I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. 24 I did to them according to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions. I hid My face from them.” 25 “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Now I will reverse the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel. I will be jealous for My holy name. … 29 I won’t hide My face from them anymore; for I have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Sovereign Lord.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray You will bring back all those who have turned away from You.  Lord, I ask You to cleanse and renew their heart (Ezekiel 37:23). Lord, I ask You to deliver us from our enemies with Your mighty power. I pray You will make Yourself known (Ezekiel 38:25).  Lord, I ask You to pour out Your Spirit on us (Ezekiel 39:29). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I receive the Spirit of the living God.” <>< Dona