July 2, 2021
DAY 181: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Our journey through Ezekiel 13-18, declares that although punishment for sin is inevitable, it may be overcome through repentance. God loves life.
Ask God for His understanding of Ezekiel 13-18. Read Ezekiel 13-18. Let’s journey!
Ezekiel was a priest who lived in Jerusalem during the time of the first Babylonian attack on the city. While the city was not destroyed, 10,000 were taken to Babylon, Ezekiel included. While in Babylon, Ezekiel warns of what is to come, knowing that no one will heed his warnings and, in chapter 33, Ezekiel receives word that Jerusalem has fallen to Babylon, and the temple is destroyed. The remainder of the book of Ezekiel offers a message of hope for the future.
Ezekiel 13-18: God sends Ezekiel many messages declaring to the Israelites that their death is certain, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), because they chose to live a life of sinful revelry and idol worship instead of living a life that honored Him. God condemned idolators and false prophets stating that if Noah, Daniel, and Job, lived in Jerusalem that they would be the only three to survive God’s wrath – not even their children would survive. This statement to Ezekiel from God indicates that God will always spare the righteous from judgement. Carefully study Ezekiel 18:21-32, righteousness springs forth from repentance. (Ezekiel 13:1-18:32)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: Ezekiel was sent to warn about what was to come because Israel had broken the covenant they made with the Lord. How has Israel broken their covenant with the Lord? What judgement was to come? Who would deliver that judgement?
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