July 30, 2021, DAY 209: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 37-42

July 30, 2021

EZEKIEL 37-42
DAY 209: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Today’s journey through Ezekiel looks at prophecy fulfilled and events yet to come.

Ask God for His understanding of Ezekiel 37-42. Read Ezekiel 37-42. 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 37-42: Our journey today begins with God restoring Israel as a nation. Israel (Judah), as a nation, ceased to exist in 587 B.C. The Israelites were dispersed throughout the world. On May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation again. God’s prophecy through Ezekiel, chapter 37, is fulfilled. Over 2,567 years had passed since Israel had ceased to exist as a nation: Israel is restored. The balance of today’s reading continues to look to the future. Chapters 38-39 speaks of Israel living in peace on all borders, most like due to a treaty of peace with the anti-christ, when they are betrayed with many army’s preparing to lay siege to Israel. Israel is untouched, Israel doesn’t fight, God totally destroys Israel’s attackers (betrayers). Chapters 40-42 describes the new temple of worship which will be built. (Ezekiel 37:1-42:20)

After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: In the latter part of the book, Ezekiel offers messages of hope regarding the future. What message of hope does Ezekiel have? Who is the message of hope for? What message of hope can we take from today’s reading?

Godspeace!

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