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“May you and I see, hear and receive what God is saying to us.” <>< Dona (11/10/20)

Please read Ezekiel 4 through 6.  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 4 Theme

Ezekiel’s dramatization against Jerusalem and then Judah.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Ezekiel’s actions would portray what was going to happen to Jerusalem (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

God gave Ezekiel exact instructions for dramatizing Jerusalem’s fate (v. 1-8). Those in Jerusalem would be imprisoned within the city walls (v. 7-8). And they would have very little to eat (v. 16-17).

Something to experience

Would you or I be willing to portray the sins of our nation as Ezekiel did?

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 4:1-8 1 “You also, son of man, take a tile, and lay it before yourself, and portray on it a city, even Jerusalem. Lay siege against it, build forts against it, and cast up a mound against it. Also set camps against it and plant battering rams against it all around. Take for yourself an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city. Then set your face toward it. It will be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.  Moreover lie on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it. According to the number of the days that you shall lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. For I have appointed the years of their iniquity to be to you a number of days, even three hundred ninety days. So you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.  Again, when you have accomplished these, you shall lie on your right side, and shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah. I have appointed forty days, each day for a year, to you. You shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem, with your arm uncovered; and you shall prophesy against it. Behold, I put ropes on you, and you shall not turn yourself from one side to the other, until you have accomplished the days of your siege.”

Ezekiel 4:16-17 16 Moreover He (the Lord) said to me, “Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem. They will eat bread by weight, and with fearfulness. They will drink water by measure, and in dismay; 17 that they may lack bread and water, be dismayed one with another, and pine away in their iniquity.”

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Ezekiel 5 Theme

Ezekiel and Jerusalem.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You told Ezekiel he was to shave his head and beard with a sharp sword (v. 1).

Something to think about

My Bible notes say shaving one’s head and beard signified mourning, humiliation and repentance.  The Lord told Ezekiel he was to divide the cut hair into three groups.  One group was to be burned in fire, another was to be struck with the sword all around the city and the last group was to be scattered to the wind.  Ezekiel was to keep a few strands of his hair though and tuck some in the folds of his garment and some were to be burned in the fire (v. 1-4).  The Lord explained why He was instructing Ezekiel to act out the future (v. 5-9).  The Lord explained the actual meaning of Ezekiel’s dramatization (v. 12). 

Something to experience

What are some creative ways we can communicate the Good News about God to a lost generation?

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 5:1-4 1 “You, son of man, take a sharp sword. You shall take it as a barber’s razor to yourself, and shall cause it to pass over your head and over your beard. Then take balances to weigh and divide the hair. A third part you shall burn in the fire in the middle of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled. You shall take a third part, and strike with the sword around it. A third part you shall scatter to the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them. You shall take of it a few in number, and bind them in the folds of your robe. Of these again you shall take, and cast them into the middle of the fire, and burn them in the fire. From it a fire will come out into all the house of Israel.”

Ezekiel 5:5-9 “The Sovereign Lord says: ‘This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the middle of the nations, and countries are around her. She has rebelled against My ordinances in doing wickedness more than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries that are around her; for they have rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they have not walked in them.’  “Therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are around you, and have not walked in My statutes, neither have kept My ordinances, neither have followed the ordinances of the nations that are around you;  therefore the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Behold, I, even I, am against you; and I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations. I will do in you that which I have not done, and which I will not do anything like it any more, because of all your abominations.'” 

Ezekiel 5:12 “A third part of you will die with the pestilence, and they will be consumed with famine within you. A third part will fall by the sword around you. A third part I will scatter to all the winds, and will draw out a sword after them.”

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Ezekiel 6 Theme

Ezekiel and Judah.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Judah was worshipping idols in the mountains (v. 1-5). 

Something to think about

God would spare a remnant but only after all the people learned some tough lessons (v. 6-10).   The Lord used a threefold judgment – the sword, famine and plague – to show the destruction would be complete (v. 11-14). 

Something to experience

The purpose of God’s punishment isn’t to take revenge, but to impress upon us the truth that He is the only true and living God.  Money, power, and notoriety are just some of the idols humans may put their faith in instead of God. Punishment will come into our lives when we worship man-made idols and call them our gods.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 6:1-51 The Lord’s word came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy to them, and say, ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord! The Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and to the hills, to the watercourses and to the valleys: “Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword on you, and I will destroy your high places. Your altars will become desolate, and your incense altars will be broken. I will cast down your slain men before your idols.  I will lay the dead bodies of the children of Israel before their idols. I will scatter your bones around your altars.”‘

Ezekiel 6:6-10 6 “In all your dwelling places, the cities will be laid waste and the high places will be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. The slain will fall among you, and you will know that I am the Lord.  Yet I will leave a remnant, in that you will have some that escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries. Those of you that escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken with their lewd heart, which has departed from Me, and with their eyes, which play the prostitute after their idols. Then they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. 10 They will know that I am the Lord. I have not said in vain that I would do this evil to them.”

Ezekiel 6:11-14 11 “The Sovereign Lord says: ‘Strike with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say, “Alas!” Because of all the evil abominations of the house of Israel; for they will fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence. 12 He who is far off will die of the pestilence. He who is near will fall by the sword. He who remains and is besieged will die by the famine. Thus I will accomplish My wrath on them. 13 You will know that I am the Lord, when their slain men are among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the places where they offered pleasant aroma to all their idols. 14 I will stretch out My hand on them, and make the land desolate and waste, from the wilderness toward Diblah, throughout all their habitations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we, like Ezekiel, will be careful to follow Your instructions completely (Ezekiel 4). Lord, I pray we, like Ezekiel, will use whatever means You give us to share Your Word with others (Ezekiel 5).  Lord, I pray we will make sure our commitment to You is sincere and that we are following all Your instructions (Ezekiel 5:6-7). Lord, I pray we will recognize Your voice and obey You.  I pray we will  truly know You are the Lord (Ezekiel 5:13, 15, 17; 6:7, 10, 13, 14). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I truly know our Savior and Lord, Christ Jesus.” <>< Dona