Category Archives: 26 – Ezekiel

As the River Flows


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 47, 48; Luke 2

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 47:1-12

 

For the past few days in our readings, an angel of the Lord has been showing the prophet Ezekiel many things including the new temple that would be built to hold the presence of God.  In today’s passage, the angel shows him something slightly different.  Ezekiel is allowed to see a river that was flowing from the temple. (47:1)  The angel led Ezekiel into the river, and the further they went down the river, the deeper the water became. (47:3-4)  Eventually, they reached a point where the water was so high, Ezekiel could no longer cross because he would be completely submerged. (47:5)  The angel brought Ezekiel back to the bank of the river, and explained that the river flowed into the Dead Sea, which is a body of water in which no fish can live because the concentration of salt is too high.  However, at the point where the river met the Dead Sea, it turned the water fresh, cleaning it of the impurities of the salt, and allowing life to flourish. (47:8-9)

As I read and studied today’s passage, God showed me the similarities between the river and our relationships with God.  When we first begin our relationship with Him, we step into the shallow end of the river.  The longer we walk with God through this river of life, the deeper our love and understanding for God becomes.  If we walk with Him long enough and keep from straying off the path on which He takes us, we will eventually be completely submerged in His love.  Just as the river cleanses the water of the Dead Sea of salt allowing life to flourish, God cleanses us of our sins and unrighteousness.  Though we were once dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:4-5), God gives us a fresh start and allows eternal life to spring forth.  Keep walking down the river of life with God, and do not be afraid to venture into deeper waters.  It is the greatest journey you can ever take.

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Measuring Up


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 40, 41; Psalm 128; Revelation 21

Today’s Key Passage – Exekiel 40:28-37; Revelation 21:15-17

 

In today’s Bible reading, we are bombarded with measurements.  First, we see extensive measurements for God’s blueprint for the new temple given to the prophet Ezekiel.  Then, we see the measurements for the New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation.  What struck me as I read these words was the shear perfection of it all.  In the blueprints for the new temple, the measurements for all of the gates, alcoves, walls, and porticos were exactly the same. (Ezekiel 40:28-37)  In the New Jerusalem, the measurements are all multiples of 12, corresponding to the twelve tribes in Israel and the twelve disciples of Christ. (Revelation 21:15-17)  In both cases, God is going to dwell in these places, and they will both be absolutely perfect.

As I was thinking about the perfection of God’s dwelling places today, I was reminded of how badly each of us measure up to His Holy standard.  We are all far from perfect.  Fortunately, we do not need to find perfection on our own.  When we put our faith and trust in Christ and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit comes and lives in our hearts.  When our perfect God comes to live in us, He makes His new home absolutely perfect.  He forgives us of all of our past, present, and future sins, and washes us clean of all unrighteousness.  In His eyes, we become as perfect as the measurements in our reading today.  Let us all praise Him today for the perfection He has given us, and for allowing us to measure up to His standards not by our own deeds, but through the perfect sacrifice of His Son.

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Damaging Reputations


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 36, 37; Psalm 110; Revelation 19

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 36:16-32

 

When the news broke about Tiger Woods’ marital infidelity in late 2009, it rocked the golf world.  In the wake of the scandal, Mr. Woods lost many things, including his wife and several lucrative corporate endorsements.  Companies who had long looked to Mr. Woods as a spokesman began distancing themselves from him, because they were afraid that having their names associated with him would damage their reputations.

Large companies are not the only ones worried about their reputations.  In fact, as we read in today’s key passage, God is also jealous for His name.  In speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, God told the people of Israel that He wanted to protect his reputation.  He was angry with them because they “profaned” His name among the nations. (36:21)  When surrounding nations saw the sinfulness and exile of God’s people, it did more than just damage their own reputations – it also damaged God’s reputation among unbelievers.

Sadly, the same thing happens today when we, as followers of Christ, live in disobedience to Him.  When we act sinfully, we do more than just damage our own reputations among unbelievers – we also give them further reason to deny the faith.  Each of us is called to protect God’s reputation through our actions.  We are called not to “profane” His name, but to glorify it, and when we pattern our lives after Jesus Christ, we can do just that.

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Blowing our Trumpets


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 33-35; Revelation 18

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 33:1-9

Imagine you saw a blind man standing in the middle of the street, while a bus approaches at 60 miles per hour.  What would you do?  Would you call out to him?  Would you warn him about the bus?  Would you do anything to try to save him, or would you simply stand there and watch the disaster unfold?

In today’s key passage, we find a variation of this theme in the story of the watchman.  A watchman’s job at that time in history was to blow the trumpet to warn others about impending disasters.  If the watchman failed to do his job, many people would die that could have been saved.  God made Ezekiel a watchman for the nation of Israel. (33:7)  Ezekiel was called to warn others of God’s impending judgment.  As long as Ezekiel “blew his trumpet” he would not be held accountable for whether or not others heeded his warning, but if he failed to warn others, their blood would be on his hands. (33:8-9)

So many people today are spiritually blind.  They are standing in the street right now, completely unaware that the bus of God’s judgment is speeding toward them.  Each of us has the power to warn them about this impending disaster, but the question is whether we are willing to “blow our trumpets”.  So many times, we wrongly believe that telling other people about God’s saving grace and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is optional.  The fact is, just as the watchman was accountable for blowing his trumpet, we are accountable for sharing the Good News.  Do not allow fear or trepidation to keep you from fulfilling your mission from God. Let us all agree to blow our trumpets. Let us all agree to try to save the blind.

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When Evil Prospers


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 29-32; Revelation 11

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 29:17-21

 

Have you ever felt frustrated when evil people seem to prosper?  The people of Judah who were sent into exile must have felt this way.  They saw the Babylonians, a remarkably evil people, gaining momentum and becoming a world power despite their wicked ways.  They attacked Judah and sent people into exile.  They attacked Jerusalem and sent more people into exile.  In today’s key passage, they were allowed to attack Egypt and turn that country into a desolate wasteland for 40 years.  To God’s chosen people, this must have been frustrating and disheartening.  What they did not understand was that God was using Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army to accomplish His goals.  He knew they were evil, but He was still using them for His good purposes.  Eventually, God would rightly judge the people of Babylon once they had fulfilled His purposes, and they would ultimately fall.

In today’s world, it is common to see evil prosper.  It is common to see people who mock God and live without any regard for Him rising to power.  Unlike Hollywood, sometimes in this life the “bad guy” wins the battle.  Sometimes the guy with the black hat beats the guy in the white hat.  When we see this happening around us, we may be tempted to feel frustrated or angry.  We may even be tempted to question God and wonder why He is allowing this to happen.  In those moments, though, we must remember that we are not able to see the whole picture.  We might not be able to recognize when God is using an evil person to accomplish a bigger goal.  We can rest in the knowledge that in the end, good will always triumph over bad.  While a battle may be lost here and there, ultimately good will win the war.  This was guaranteed when our Lord Jesus Christ defeated death at the cross.  When we see evil prospering, we can rest in the goodness and sovereignty of God.  We can rest in the knowledge that He is in control, and we can trust that He has a greater purpose in mind.

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Dealing with Discouragement


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 20, 21; Psalm 111; Revelation 8

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 20:45 – 21:5

 

Can you imagine living as a prophet in Old Testament times?  What an awesome job that must have been, filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  The upside, of course, was the ability to walk and talk with God daily, but these prophets must have also faced discouragement when their own people refused to listen to their warnings.  In today’s key passage, we see a little of this discouragement from the prophet Ezekiel.  After proclaiming God’s message to His people, he voiced his own discouragement to God when he said, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! They are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?” (Vs. 49)

In the beginning of chapter 21, we see God’s answer to Ezekiel’s complaint, but His solution might surprise us.  God did not choose to try to calm Ezekiel’s aggravation or give him a break from his ministry, nor did He force the people to listen to Ezekiel.  Instead, God simply gave Ezekiel his next assignment.  God knew that most of the time, the best way to deal with discouragement is to keep moving forward.

As we walk out our Christian lives of service, most of us will probably face discouragement from time to time.  We might face times when we do not feel like we are making a difference or we might think no one is listening.  When we turn to God with our frustrations, we might expect Him to respond in a certain way, but His solution might surprise us.  He might help us deal with our discouragement by giving us additional assignments, or showing us a new way to serve Him and others.  Be open to God’s plans and His solutions, because they are always more effective than anything we can imagine on our own.

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Making Excuses


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 17-19; Revelation 7

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 18:1-32

 

It was not my fault.  I did not know I was supposed to do that.  I was waiting for approval.  I was just trying to keep up with the flow of traffic.  Over the course of our lives, we have all made excuses.  When we miss a deadline at work, forget to do our homework, or get pulled over for speeding, we might try to make an excuse.  Sometimes we might even try to excuse our own sin.

This is what the people of Judah were trying to do in our key passage today.  They believed God was punishing them for the sins of their ancestors, and not their own.  This led many of the people to wrongly believe that they might as well sin because they were already doomed.  Others believed that if their ancestors were good and followed God’s commands, they would be saved simply through their lineage and could do whatever they pleased.  All of this wrong thinking was leading the people further away from God and keeping them from repenting of their sins, so God set the record straight through the prophet Ezekiel.  He said, “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” (Vs. 4)

We are all responsible for our own actions.  When we choose to sin, we can try to make excuses or blame someone else, but at the end of the day, we are all accountable to God.  If God’s message stopped there, it would be bad news for all of us who have fallen short of His standards.  Fortunately, there is much more to His story.  God told the people of Judah, “if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.” (Vs. 21)  Though we have sinned, we are saved by His overwhelming grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  So what are we left to do?  “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.” (Vss. 30-31)

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More Time


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 12-14; Revelation 5

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 12:21-28

 

I am not a morning person.  Each morning, I typically have to set two alarms – one for the time I actually want to get up, and one for fifteen to thirty minutes beforehand to give myself a warning that it is almost time to get up.  No matter what time I set my alarms for at night, when they go off in the morning I always have the same thought as I say to myself, “I thought I had more time.”

The Israelites in today’s key passage also thought they had more time.  The listened to all of the prophets telling them about God’s judgment, and they wrongly assumed that the prophets were talking about events that would happen in the distant future. (Vs. 27)  They even had their own proverb that was popular at the time – “The days go by and every vision comes to nothing.” (Vs. 22)  What they did not realize was that God’s judgment was closer than they thought.  In fact, in less than six years, Jerusalem would be completely destroyed.  They failed to listen to the warnings because they all thought they had more time.

Many people today still react to God’s warnings in the same way as the Israelites.  They know the message of the Bible.  They know that they need to repent of their sins and follow God.  They know they need to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.  The problem is that they believe they have more time.  They think God’s final judgment will happen sometime in the distant future.  In fact, they may be right.  They may live a long life and they may still have plenty of time to turn to Him.  On the other hand, they might be wrong.  We will never know when our time on this earth will be done.  Jesus may come back or He may call us home tomorrow, or we may be here for another 100 years.  Do not fall into the trap of thinking you have more time.  If you have unconfessed sin in your life, repent today.  If you have been waiting to start a personal relationship with Christ, turn to Him today.  If you have been waiting for the right time to reach out to that unbelieving friend in love, do it today.  When the alarm clock of life finally goes off, we do not want to be caught off guard thinking we had more time.

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As the River Flows


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 47, 48; Luke 2

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 47:1-12

 

For the past few days in our readings, an angel of the Lord has been showing the prophet Ezekiel many things including the new temple that would be built to hold the presence of God.  In today’s passage, the angel shows him something slightly different.  Ezekiel is allowed to see a river that was flowing from the temple. (47:1)  The angel led Ezekiel into the river, and the further they went down the river, the deeper the water became. (47:3-4)  Eventually, they reached a point where the water was so high, Ezekiel could no longer cross because he would be completely submerged. (47:5)  The angel brought Ezekiel back to the bank of the river, and explained that the river flowed into the Dead Sea, which is a body of water in which no fish can live because the concentration of salt is too high.  However, at the point where the river met the Dead Sea, it turned the water fresh, cleaning it of the impurities of the salt, and allowing life to flourish. (47:8-9)

As I read and studied today’s passage, God showed me the similarities between the river and our relationships with God.  When we first begin our relationship with Him, we step into the shallow end of the river.  The longer we walk with God through this river of life, the deeper our love and understanding for God becomes.  If we walk with Him long enough and keep from straying off the path on which He takes us, we will eventually be completely submerged in His love.  Just as the river cleanses the water of the Dead Sea of salt allowing life to flourish, God cleanses us of our sins and unrighteousness.  Though we were once dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:4-5), God gives us a fresh start and allows eternal life to spring forth.  Keep walking down the river of life with God, and do not be afraid to venture into deeper waters.  It is the greatest journey you can ever take.

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Measuring Up


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 40, 41; Psalm 128; Revelation 21

Today’s Key Passage – Exekiel 40:28-37; Revelation 21:15-17

 

In today’s Bible reading, we are bombarded with measurements.  First, we see extensive measurements for God’s blueprint for the new temple given to the prophet Ezekiel.  Then, we see the measurements for the New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation.  What struck me as I read these words was the shear perfection of it all.  In the blueprints for the new temple, the measurements for all of the gates, alcoves, walls, and porticos were exactly the same. (Ezekiel 40:28-37)  In the New Jerusalem, the measurements are all multiples of 12, corresponding to the twelve tribes in Israel and the twelve disciples of Christ. (Revelation 21:15-17)  In both cases, God is going to dwell in these places, and they will both be absolutely perfect.

As I was thinking about the perfection of God’s dwelling places today, I was reminded of how badly each of us measure up to His Holy standard.  We are all far from perfect.  Fortunately, we do not need to find perfection on our own.  When we put our faith and trust in Christ and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit comes and lives in our hearts.  When our perfect God comes to live in us, He makes His new home absolutely perfect.  He forgives us of all of our past, present, and future sins, and washes us clean of all unrighteousness.  In His eyes, we become as perfect as the measurements in our reading today.  Let us all praise Him today for the perfection He has given us, and for allowing us to measure up to His standards not by our own deeds, but through the perfect sacrifice of His Son.

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