Ezekiel 33:1-20 – What a Responsibility!

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Have you ever been given great responsibility for something? Perhaps it was as a parent caring for a newborn human. Maybe it was teaching a rowdy group of middle schoolers about Jesus. Maybe it was making it through each day with a smile on your face. Ezekiel’s responsibility was huge in this passage.

So many lives will depend on Ezekiel being responsible and not running the other way out of fear or a feeling of incompetence. Those are the fears that can grip us. Especially when we’re faced with hard decisions to keep us in line with Biblical values. Continue reading “Ezekiel 33:1-20 – What a Responsibility!”

Ezekiel 32:17-32 – The Pit of Hell

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In case you weren’t counting, this is the seventh prophecy set aside for Egypt. It’s that important to God to get this message out. In this final reading, we’re taken into the depths. “For I will send them down to the world below in company with those who descend to the pit.” We get a glimpse at the pit of hell.

How did it make you feel to read about the place of the dead you never want to see in person? Did it surprise you to see a reference like this in the Bible? What are some of the themes revealed? Do you think this is where Jesus went between his crucifixion and resurrection? Continue reading “Ezekiel 32:17-32 – The Pit of Hell”

Ezekiel 32:1-16 – What an Example!

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It’s been nearly a year since Ezekiel was given a message about Egypt’s fate. This one was for Pharaoh himself, whom Ezekiel was asked to mourn for. The LORD’s fury against the Pharaoh is obvious, yet he asked Ezekiel, and presumably others, to mourn for the Pharaoh. That’s a compassionate God despite his fury!

Pharaoh would not be pleased that his judgment would cause him to set such an example. His legacy would be God’s victory. Would Pharaoh be paying attention to Ezekiel’s words from the Sovereign LORD? Continue reading “Ezekiel 32:1-16 – What an Example!”

Ezekiel 31:1-18 – Like a Tree

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Given just a few months after the last reading, God sheds light on what will happen to Egypt. At first, the message likens Egypt to what the mighty power of Assyria once was. The Pharaoh would know the Assyrian Empire had fallen years before to the Babylonians. That is the LORD’s first hint of Egypt’s downfall.

Next, the LORD’s message speaks of a great tree. Using tree metaphors is not new in Scripture. Trees can symbolize life, sustenance, and protection. Genesis 2:9 says this about the Garden of Eden: “The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” We all know what happened when Eve took fruit from the wrong tree! Continue reading “Ezekiel 31:1-18 – Like a Tree”

Ezekiel 30:20-26 – It’s Broken

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What’s broken? The LORD broke Pharoah’s arms and told Ezekiel about it. This fourth prophecy about Egypt has a date placing it about four months before the fall of Jerusalem. Could this signify Egypt’s unsuccessful attempt to help the people in Jerusalem fight against Babylon? From other Bible texts (2 Kings 24), we know Judah had rebelled against Babylon and made an alliance with Egypt. Ezekiel’s prophecy confirms the LORD wanted no intervention to thwart his plans.

What do you think Ezekiel was thinking as he was receiving this message? God was going to do something big against Egypt and it was going to happen sooner rather than later. The broken arm is thought to be the LORD shutting down Pharoah when he tried to intervene with the Babylonians in Judah, even if it was a “half-hearted” attempt in the first place. But two arms? Continue reading “Ezekiel 30:20-26 – It’s Broken”

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