Scripture: Ezekiel 16-17. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God wanted Ezekiel to confront Jerusalem with their detestable practices, and He used imagery of a young baby (representing Jerusalem) growing into an adult woman. God had Ezekiel use this image in order to remind Jerusalem that “He raised her from a lowly state and into great glory as his bride”; however, the people of Jerusalem betrayed God’s trust and pushed Him aside. The people had broken their promises and did deserve the consequences of their sins; however, God did not break His promise. If the people did turn back to Him, He would forgive them and renew His covenant with them. This is just one of the many examples in the Bible of God’s saving grace. Ezekiel’s message and prophecy of judgment does end in hope, for God said He would “plant a tender sprig, the Messiah, whose kingdom would grow and become a shelter for all who come to see him.” Follow along in Ezekiel 16-17!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Jerusalem had pushed God aside. We, also, must be careful not to push God aside – for anything; otherwise, we are abandoning Him in the same way as the people of Jerusalem did. God cared for and loved the people of Judah, and they chose to turn away from Him. God is the one who truly loves us, and we must not turn away from Him. We are all given the same opportunity of God’s loving forgiveness. God’s arms are always outstretched and waiting for His children to repent and run back into His loving arms. He has made a promise to give us all salvation and forgiveness, and our God never breaks His promises to us. God is the only one who can give us true hope in life. We must remember to thank Him for sending His son Jesus to die for us, breaking the chains of slavery from our sins.
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.