Scripture: Ezekiel 9-12. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God told the man with the writing kit to put a mark on people who were faithful to Him. Those who had the mark were protected when the six men began to destroy the evil people in Jerusalem. God’s glory was departing from the temple because of the nation’s sins. Even from the time the Israelites had entered the promised land, God had warned His people never to follow the religious practices of the other nations. Ezekiel’s message of judgment also spoke of God’s promise to restore the faithful people to their homeland. Ezekiel told the people of God’s warnings and that His words would come true, but many people refused to believe and listen. Follow along in Ezekiel 9-12!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The people made excuses, saying the Lord had forsaken the land and, therefore, would not see their sin. God knows everything. We must not make excuses for our sin(s). Rather, we must ask God to forgive us and flee from our temptations. God’s glory had departed from the temple, for the people had defiled it. We do not want to experience God abandoning us; we must be committed to following God wholeheartedly, walking in obedience to Him. God knows everything about us, including the sins that we may try to hide. We shouldn’t worry as much about what other people think of us; however, we most definitely should care about what God thinks of us. We can always ask God to help us overcome our current situations and struggles. God is always waiting, with His arms open wide, for people to repent of their sins, turning back to Him. God will judge and evaluate our lives by our faith and obedience to Him, not by our earthly accomplishments and outer appearance(s). He knows our hearts, and no one can judge us but Him, our Creator. God hates sin; however, when we repent and turn from our sin(s) in life, God gives us a new life full of new motives, guidelines, and purpose.
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.