Day 28: Ezekiel 16 – end

Chapters 16 – 24 contain prophecies concerning the ruin of Jerusalem, 25 – 32 are prophecies about God’s judgment on nearby nations and 33 – 48 contain prophecies concerning future restoration and God’s new covenant with His people.

Ezekiel was ministering to people who were exceedingly sinful and without hope. He attempted to bring them to immediate repentance. Ezekiel taught that God works through human messengers and that even in defeat and despair God’s people need to affirm His sovereignty. Other key themes of his writing are: God’s Word never fails and is transformative; God is universally present and can be worshipped anywhere; knowing and obeying God; God’s kingdom will come.

The key verse is 33:11 with its themes of the call to repentance and God’s life-giving Word. Chapter 36 is significant in that it foreshadows Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

The challenge of Ezekiel resonates today in its call to have a life-changing vision of God’s power, eternal presence and holiness; to allow God by His Word to direct and transform us; to recognise that God holds His servants responsible for warning all of their peril when in sin and to announce the good news of repentance and lives transformed. Ezekiel is the prophet of individual responsibility.

Angela Watts

Read the Bible on line at Bible Study Tools. Today’s passage (NRSV) is here: http://www.biblestudytools.com/nrs/ezekiel/16.html

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