Verse of the Week: V30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
1. The People (V1-22)
V2 “Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? Yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.”
Prophet Ezekiel warned the people of Israel to repent of their grievous sins including murder and to live a holy life before a holy God. However, the people refused to repent and continued to make and worshipped idols and openly rebelled against God.
V3 “Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.”
2. The Leaders (V23-29)
V26 “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have thy shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”
Not only the people of Israel sinned against God, even the priests, the princes and the prophets of Israel, who were supposedly to be examples of holiness, also sinned against God. It was a shame for both the leaders and the people to commit sins including murder as they sought for fame and fortune instead of trusting and obeying God.
V27 “Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.”
3. The Man (V30-31)
V30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
God was looking for a man in Israel who could stand in the gap of holiness but He found none except for prophet Ezekiel. As a result, God severely judged the people of Israel because of their constant rebellion and wickedness.
V31 “Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to be the man who stands in the gap of holiness.
Verse of the Week: V27 “I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”
1. God’s Warning (V1-17)
V2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,”
Before God judged the people of Jerusalem and Israel, He kept warning them to repent of their sins and be holy before Him. Even the righteous people in the eyes of men were wicked in the eyes of God because outwardly these righteous people were supposedly worshipping God but inwardly their hearts were unholy and far away from God.
V3 “And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.”
2. God’s Judgment (V18-27)
V26 “Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.”
Eventually God sent the Babylonians to attack and destroy Israel who had time and again refused to repent of their sins and be holy before God. It was a severe judgment from God as Israel was completely destroyed by the Babylonians, and to date, Israel never fully becomes a great nation like in the days of King David and King Solomon.
V27 “I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”
3. God’s Wrath (V28-32)
V28 “And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering:”
God did not just sent the Babylonians to destroy the people of Israel but they also destroyed the wicked Ammonites. Indeed God is no respecter of persons and His wrath and anger shall be upon everyone who is unholy before Him.
“For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to be holy as You are holy.
Verse of the Week: V17 “Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.”
1. The Leaders (V1-17)
V3 “Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.”
The elders or leaders of Israel chose to pretend to enquire God concerning His Word yet they had no desire to know God and His Word but kept rebelling against Him. However, God was merciful and gracious and time and again spared them from total destruction.
V17 “Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.”
2. The Children (V18-32)
V18 “But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:”
Not only the people of Israel rebelled against God but even their children rebelled against God. It is important that parents not only teach their children of God and His Word but apply God’s Word in their daily lives so that their children emulate their godly examples.
V21 “Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.”
3. The Families (V33-49)
V32 “And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.”
Instead of choosing to serve the Lord, like Joshua and his family, the godly family in the past, the people of Israel and their families chose to serve wood and stone. It was a sad day for Israel as they rather chose to serve the creation of God than God their Creator.
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me and my family to choose to serve the Lord, our Creator.
Verse of the Week: V2 “And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.”
1. The Lioness (V1-9)
V2 “And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.”
Israel was like the lioness while her whelps or cubs were like the kings and princes. When Israel became wicked, the kings and princes also became wicked and God sent the Babylonians to attack and destroy them. Indeed, mothers have a great influence on the character of their children. When mothers are godly, their children will most likely be godly, conversely, when mothers are ungodly, their children will most likely be ungodly.
V9 “And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.”
2. The Vine (V10-13)
V10 “Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.”
Israel was like the vine while the kings and princes were like the branches. God blessed Israel when they were fruitful and godly, however, His fury was upon them when they became evil and wicked, and He had to send the Babylonians to attack and destroy them.
V12 “But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.”
3. The Lamentation (V14)
V14 “And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.”
God sent fire to destroy and burn the vine together with all her branches and it was a lamentation and grief as God sent fire to destroy His own people, the people of Israel. May our mothers raise our children like the virtuous mother of Proverbs who raises her children in godliness, instead of like the lioness and the vine in the days of Ezekiel.
Proverbs 31:28 “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to be a godly mother or a godly father for Your glory.
Verse of the Week: V31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”
1. God Owns All Souls (V1-24)
V4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
It is with great pain and grief that God allows the people created in His image to die in hell because they refuse to believe in Him and acknowledge Him as their Creator and the Almighty God. God loves His people but He hates their sins. Every man is accountable to God. The son will not bear the sins of his father, nor the father bear the sins of the son, but every man will bear his own sins and reap the consequences of his sins.
V9 “Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.”
2. God’s Way Is Not Man’s Way (V25-30)
V25 “Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? Are not your ways unequal?”
Many times we accused God for being unfair when we witnessed disasters destroying hundreds or thousands of lives. We may not fully understand the tragedy but let us remember that God never makes mistake and His ways are higher than our ways. What matters most is that we believe in God and obey His commandments. The ultimate consequence of man’s sins is physical death while the ultimate consequence of man’s sin of unbelief in God is spiritual death or eternal separation from God in the fiery pits of hell.
V26 “When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.”
3. God Gives New Hearts (V31-32)
V31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”
Not only God gives new hearts and spirits to all who believe in Him and obey His commandments but He also gives them a place in heaven forever with Him the moment they die. God’s greatest desire is for all souls to believe in Him and obey His commandments and it pains and grieves Him to condemn the wicked souls to hell.
V32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please give me a new heart to live for You and You only.