Scripture: Ezekiel 32-34. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Ezekiel had prophesied many judgments upon the wicked nations. These judgments were showing that the evil forces were/are continuing to overcome and that God will strike down all evil, making the world the perfect place that He intended. Ezekiel 32 is a lament for Pharaoh, one who was going to face God’s judgment. After the fall of Jerusalem, Ezekiel’s messages turned into messages of comfort, hope, and restoration for God’s people. The exiles had been disappointed and discouraged by their past sins. They were starting to feel heavy guilt for rebelling and disobeying God for so many years. At the beginning of his ministry, Ezekiel was only able to speak except when He was giving specific messages from God; Ezekiel was then able to speak freely, for he had proven himself to God, and he offered the people messages of restoration and hope. Follow along in Ezekiel 32-34!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The lessons in Ezekiel show us that wicked people and forces are continually being overcome with God’s help, and one day, God will overthrow all evil in the world, restoring it back to the way He originally intended. Each and every one of us are accountable to our Heavenly Father, and anyone who defies God will one day face His judgment. Our God is a very forgiving Father. He wants the lost to repent and turn back to Him. He does forgive us when we ask Him to; remember, He sent His one and only son to die for our sins, giving us the gift of His forgiveness. God will bless those who remain faithful to Him. We can certainly find hope and encouragement in our relationship with the One who created and loves us more than we could ever imagine. We must be sure to ask Him to forgive us for our failures. The people had refused to act upon Ezekiel’s messages from God. We are witnesses to others out of faithfulness to God. We cannot make others accept our messages, but we can certainly be faithful in delivering them. Our God is our help. Leaders may fail us in this life; however, God is in complete control and promises to return and care for us, His “flock.” God can transform any difficult circumstance to produce good for His kingdom, and He does. God is with us always.
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.