Scripture: Ezekiel 35-37. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Ezekiel gave a second prophecy against the nation of Edom. The Book of Ezekiel speaks of Israel being restored and Edom being made a “desolate waste.” The nation of Edom had offered to help destroy the city of Jerusalem, for they were against God’s people, making God angry. Ezekiel prophecies to the mountains of Israel – the mountains symbolizing Israel’s strength. God was/is concerned about the salvation of His people and to the rest of the world. God said His people should be ashamed of the sins that they had committed. However, if the people asked for His help, He would come to their aid. Ezekiel prophesied, again, in the middle of a valley, where He saw God at work, once again. Follow along in Ezekiel 35-37!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The mountains described in Ezekiel 36 represent Israel’s strength. The messages emphasizes God’s strength, sovereignty, and trustworthiness. Our God alone is the one and only true God. The people described had the responsibility to represent God properly to the rest of the world, and we have the same responsibility today. God offers each of us a new start in life. We can ask God to wash our sins away, and He will. He will give us new hearts, and we can have His spirit living within us. God wants us to ask for forgiveness, a very special gift He has given to us, and turn back to Him. We must be thankful that such a wonderful opportunity is always available from our Heavenly Father. The dry bones illustration in Ezekiel 37 represented the people’s spiritually-dead condition. Our God can restore and renew any of us or our churches, no matter how dry or dead we/they may be. We can pray for renewal of ourselves and/or our churches, and God can restore us/them. God is waiting to cleanse and renew our hearts. 🙂
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.