Devotions September

Eze 43-45

September 10, 2015

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What does it say?

Ezekiel 43 continues the visions beginning in chapter 40. Ezekiel previously saw God’s glory depart from Solomon’s temple. Now in visions of the millennial temple yet to come upon Christ’s Second Coming, he witnesses the return of God’s glory and the renewal of Levitical worship.

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Eze 40-42

September 9, 2015

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What does it say?

Today’s reading might seem a bit tame. Years following the previous prophecies, Ezekiel is given this vision of the new temple in the time of the kingdom to come. An unidentified man (angelic being?) gives Ezekiel a tour of this new temple.

The setting is said […]

Eze 37-39

September 8, 2015

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What does it say?

Ezekiel 37 is the well-known vision of the valley of dry bones. It’s been ten years since Jerusalem’s fall and the exiles in Babylon have lost hope. Ezekiel’s graphic vision sees a united Israel under a new David, the Messiah. The nation of dead skeletons will be revived, […]

Eze 34-36

September 7, 2015

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What does it say?

In Middle Eastern culture at this time king, prophets and priests are often called shepherds. This second prophetic oracle (Eze 34) opens with a condemnation of both shepherds and sheep of Israel. The condemnation quickly turns to promise and hope. God promises to be their Shepherd and bring […]

Eze 31-33

September 6, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapters 31 and 32 of Ezekiel continue the series of seven prophecies against Egypt. In chapter 31 Egypt is asked to consider the example of Assyria, another great nation that fell. Assyria is compared to a majestic cedar tree. This is another passage that many see as a […]

Eze 28-30

September 5, 2015

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What does it say?

In our previous reading, Ezekiel deals with the seafaring city-state of Tyre in chapters 26 and 27. As in the case of other surrounding nations, God will judge them for their sins just as he is judging Jerusalem with the Babylonian invasion. Here in chapter 28 Ezekiel gets […]

Eze 25-27

September 4, 2015

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What does it say?

Ezekiel’s 25th chapter consists of prophetic utterances against Ammon, Moab, Edom and Philistia. These are Israel’s four closest neighbors and they are gloating over Jerusalem’s destruction at the hand of Babylon. They are also Israel’s oldest enemies. God announces through his prophet that they will suffer judgment for […]

Eze 23-24

September 3, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapter 23 is a parable of two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, representing the two kingdoms of Israel. Oholah is Samaria, capital of the northern kingdom and Oholibah represents Jerusalem in the south. Both sisters are portrayed as prostitutes running after lovers. They have run after Egypt and Assyria […]

Eze 21-22

September 2, 2015

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What does it say?

It appears the elders were not impressed with Ezekiel’s message to them and the prophet now delivers a poetic image of a sword drawn against them (Eze 21). It is as though God prepared and sharpened this sword and put it in the hand of their enemy Nebuchadnezzar. […]

Eze 18-20

September 1, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapter 18 opens with a common proverb expressing the belief of many in Israel that children suffer judgment for their parents’ sin. The whole chapter corrects this false opinion and establishes individual responsibility before God. Ezekiel illustrates with three examples: a father doing right, his son doing evil […]