Scripture: Ezekiel 28-31. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Ezekiel had prophesied against the city of Tyre, and he focused prophesying against Tyre’s king, as well, for he was full of pride. Ezekiel also prophesied against Sidon and Egypt. The Egyptians were also full of pride and idolatry, and God said that they would be brought down. The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel with a message involving a cedar in Lebanon. Ezekiel had compared Egypt to Assyria, speaking of Assyria as a great cedar tree. Follow along in Ezekiel 28-31 to read more about God’s words to Ezekiel and Ezekiel’s prophesies!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The King of Tyre was full of pride and thought of himself as a god. Truly wise people will grow closer to God each and every day. When people grow closer to God, they recognize their need to fully depend on Him for guidance and direction. God has promised us that all people who have been faithful to Him will one day dwell together in perfect harmony and complete safety with Him. God is not a fan of pride. Sometimes, we, as humans, take for granted what God has given to us and believe that we have made it ourselves. God is the one who supplies our resources, gives us the talents and abilities to perform certain tasks, and provides us with the opportunity to make it all come together. We must be sure to thank Him on a daily basis for all that He is and all that He does for us. God is great, and we should give Him all the credit. Our God is sovereign, and He is in charge of everything that happens in our lives. We should always pray that God’s greater purposes be carried out in every circumstance and that His will be done.
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.