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“May you and I remember only God can save us.” <>< Dona (11/11/20)

Please read Ezekiel 7 through 9.  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 7 Theme

The End.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord You said the end had come upon the four corners of the land (v. 2).

Something to think about

In this chapter Ekeziel’s message from God is complete destruction of the land of Israel (v. 1-3).  God gives His reasons why (v. 4). Because of their sin, nobody would survive (v. 13).  When terror comes they would not be able to find peace (v. 25). God will prove He is the Lord (27).

Something to experience

If it seems God is not dealing quickly enough with the wicked in our nation, be assured that a day of judgment will come, just as it came for the people of Judah.  Not our jobs, our economy, our political system or our military strength can provide total security.  Only God is able to save us completely.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 7:1-3 1 Moreover the Lord’s word came to me, saying, “You, son of man, the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel, An end! The end has come on the four corners of the land. Now the end is on you, and I will send My anger on you, and will judge you according to your ways. I will bring on you all your abominations.” 

Ezekiel 7:4 “My eye will not spare you, neither will I have pity; but I will bring your ways on you, and your abominations will be among you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel 7:13 “For the seller won’t return to that which is sold, although they are still alive; for the vision concerns the whole multitude of it. None will return. None will strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life. 14 They have blown the trumpet, and have made all ready; but no one goes to the battle; for My wrath is on all its multitude.”

Ezekiel 7:25 “Destruction comes! They will seek peace, and there will be none.” 

Ezekiel 7:27 “The king will mourn, and the prince will be clothed with desolation. The hands of the people of the land will be troubled. I will do to them after their way, and according to their own judgments I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

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Ezekiel 8 Theme

The temple.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Ezekiel experienced visions from You (v. 1-4).

Something to think about

God revealed the extent of the people’s idolatry and wickedness (v. 3). And over and over God revealed the detestable sins of His people (v. 6, 9, 13, 15, 17).  God was showing Ezekiel that many were not worshipping Him. (v. 14-15). And the people were filling the land with violence and continually provoking the Lord to anger (v. 17).  Because the people continually provoked the Lord to anger, He would deal with them (v. 18).

Something to experience

God can reveal to us our sins too. How comfortable would we feel if God opened up the door of our heart and went in? We too must keep our eyes on our Creator and not so much on the creation. (f.y.i. Tammuz [v. 14] was the Babylonian god of spring). 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 8:1-4 In the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, the Sovereign Lord’s hand fell on me there. Then I saw, and behold, a likeness as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his waist and downward, fire; and from his waist and upward, as the appearance of brightness, as it were glowing metal. He stretched out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and the sky, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the gate of the inner court that looks toward the north; where there was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy. Behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the appearance that I saw in the plain.

Ezekiel 8:6 He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they do? Even the great abominations that the house of Israel commit here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? But you will again see yet other great abominations.”

Ezekiel 8:9 He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked abominations that they do here.”

Ezekiel 8:13 He said also to me, “You will again see more of the great abominations which they do.”

Ezekiel 8:14-15 14 Then He brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and I saw the women sit there weeping for Tammuz. 15 Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? You will again see yet greater abominations than these.”

Ezekiel 8:16 He brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house; and I saw at the door of the Lord’s temple, between the porch and the altar, there were about twenty-five men, with their backs toward the Lord’s temple, and their faces toward the east. They were worshiping the sun toward the east.

Ezekiel 8:17 Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have turned again to provoke Me to anger. Behold, they put the branch to their nose.” 

Ezekiel 8:18 “Therefore I will also deal in wrath. My eye won’t spare, neither will I have pity. Though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet I will not hear them.”

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Ezekiel 9 Theme

Judgment.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You made Yourself known (v. 3).

Something to think about

God instructed one man to mark the foreheads of those who were saddened by what was going on in the city of Jerusalem (v. 4).   God instructed others to kill those without the mark who had done the detestable things in the city (v.  5-6). Ezekiel fell facedown and cried to the Lord (v. 8). And the Lord answered him that the sin of Israel and Judah was exceedingly great (v. 9). And He would not spare those who were sinning (v. 10).

Something to experience

God wants us to grieve and lament over the evil done in our nation too. Though God punishes the sinners who don’t repent, He will keep His promise to those who are His people (v. 4).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Ezekiel 9:3 The glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub, whereupon it was, to the threshold of the house; and He called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn by his side. 

Ezekiel 9:4 The Lord said to him, “Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

Ezekiel 9:5-6 To the others He said in my hearing, “Go through the city after him, and strike. Don’t let your eye spare, neither have pity. Kill utterly the old man, the young man, the virgin, little children and women; but don’t come near any man on whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary.”

Ezekiel 9:8 While they were killing, and I was left, I fell on my face, and cried, and said, “Ah Sovereign Lord! Will you destroy all the residue of Israel in Your pouring out of Your wrath on Jerusalem?”

Ezekiel 9:9 Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perversion; for they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord doesn’t see.’” 

Ezekiel 9:10 As for Me also, My eye won’t spare, neither will I have pity, but I will bring their way on their head.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will recognize and know You are the Lord. I pray we will quickly repent when we recognize we’ve sinned (Ezekiel 7:13). Lord, I ask You to strengthen our bodies so we can stand against the evil in America (Ezekiel 7:17). Lord, I pray we will trust in You alone (Ezekiel 7:27). Lord, I ask You to reveal to us any hidden sin (Ezekiel 8:6).  Lord, I pray our spiritual leaders will teach Your truth and not satan’s lies (Ezekiel 9:6). Lord, I pray we will look to You and turn from evil of every kind (Ezekiel 9:9-10).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I stay far from evil of every kind.” <>< Dona