Scripture: Ezekiel 5-8. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God told Ezekiel to shave his head and beard and to divide his hair into three parts to represent what was going to happen to the people in Jerusalem. Ezekiel put a few strands of hair in his garment to symbolize the small group of faithful people to God. The people’s wickedness was great, and they did not follow God’s laws. Ezekiel could speak only when giving the messages God had given Him. Ezekiel had predicted the complete destruction of Judah and its people. God had revealed a vision to Ezekiel to show him the extent to which the people had accepted idolatry and evilness. Follow along in Ezekiel 5-8!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God had given Ezekiel creative ways to share His messages to the exiles. We, too, can find ways to creatively communicate God’s Good News to lost people/generations. The Bible speaks about how our bodies are God’s temple, and we must keep away from defiling His temple, our bodies, by allowing wrong actions and attitudes. God always means what He says, and too many people ignore His warnings. We must know that what God tells us is true, and He will always follow through with His word. The people needed new attitudes, and God broke their hearts with humiliation and pain. Sometimes we, too, need to be broken in order for us to develop new Godly attitudes. God sometimes uses the difficulties and struggles in our lives to teach us that He alone is our Heavenly Father God. Just like judgment came upon the nations in the Bible, judgment will one day come upon all of us sinners, as well. We must be willing to admit our sins, repent, and ask God for His loving forgiveness now. God wants all of His people to turn away from their sins and to return back to Him today.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Ezekiel and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.