Sunday, March 26
When I think of Ezekiel, the phrase “bearer of bad news” comes to mind. After completing numerous acts of valor such as eating a scroll, becoming mute, laying on his side for over a year, shaving his head, and scattering his hair among the Earth, Ezekiel continues to be one of the few servants of God in his time. As a major prophet, he does not have news of prosperity and victory to recount to the people. Instead, he continues to call the rebellious people in exile (and in the surrounding nations) to repentance, ultimately forewarning of their destruction and the destruction of Jerusalem.
To me, Ezekiel is no “easy read”. At times, these scriptures seem abstract and I have a hard time finding application to my daily life. Therefore, I have created a visual to help me, and hopefully some of you understand some of the main concepts in these passages. I hope these illustrations help some of the content “stick” and become real for you. If my amateur doodles aren’t your thing, I completely understand that too J
Here are a few of the main points/interpretations and moments of personal application that I picked out in our passages today as noted by the visual above:
- Parable: Jerusalem as a Cooking pot
- Pot = Jerusalem
- Scum = corruption of the people *notice this corruption is visible; it cannot be hidden from God.
- Choice meat = God’s chosen people
- The meat (God’s people) is thrown out because it is ruined from the scum (corruption/sin)
- The pot must be set on coals until it’s impurities are burned away (Jerusalem must be destroyed).
- Application to our lives: Don’t let the scum of your life keep you from bearing good fruits. Find your peace and fulfilment in God, not in the approval of others, your work, sin, the media, and other worldly influences. These things will fail you, God will never fail you.
- Death of Ezekiel’s Wife
- Ezekiel is told not to mourn, but “groan quietly” (24:17)
- Interpretation: God instructs Ezekiel and the community not to mourn as he tries to give them perspective into their behaviors. The rebellious people do not mourn when the temple, which should be “the object of their affection” (25:21), is destroyed. Therefore, they ought not mourn when something of lesser tragedy takes place. God should be the top priority of all men.
- Application to our lives: Where are your priorities? Do you value the gifts of this earth more than you value the glory of God? Do you worship the approval of others, celebrities, idols, your children or spouse on accident?
- Prophesies against nations near Judah
- Because the nations of Ammon, Moab, Tyre, Philistia, and Edom did not care when the temple was destroyed or when the people of Judah went into exile, they will also be punished. The entire nation will know that HE IS GOD.
- Application to our lives: Earlier in Ezekiel we read that Ezekiel will be held accountable for the sins of others if he fails to spread God’s word. Here we see that other nations are held accountable to a similar degree. We too must spread the good news to ALL nations! What a blessing and a privilege!
Do you allow yourself to accept the peace that only God brings?
Amber McClain cannot wait for the Kingdom. If she won the lottery she would 1.) Buy a helicopter so that she could spend weekdays learning and teaching in the USA and weekends with our brothers and sisters abroad. 2.) Pay for her fiancé, Josiah to get his helicopter-flying license, and 3.) Throw a world-wide pizza & prayer party; everyone in the world is invited!