Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ezekiel 6-10

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan Barnes said...

6:6 Wherever you live, the towns will be laid waste and the high places demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out.

God will destroy the high places, altars, idols, incense altars and what ‘you have made’ - all the signs of their idol worship would be destroyed.

Likewise God wants to wipe out all our forms of idolatry so we are fully reliant on him.

Susan Barnes said...

7:19 They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath. It will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs, for it has caused them to stumble into sin.

Their wealth, the thing they trusted, proved inadequate as a provider of security. Their wealth caused them to stumble into sin.

The Lord is our Source of security.

Susan Barnes said...

8:17 he said to me, “Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the people of Judah to do the detestable things they are doing here? Must they also fill the land with violence and continually arouse my anger? Look at them putting the branch to their nose!

It wasn’t just the idol worship that God objected to. It was also the violence (see also 9:9). Worshipping idols doesn’t produce a peaceful society or stop crime.

Susan Barnes said...

9:4 “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.”

God protects the remnant. He knows those who are his.

God always has a remnant.

Susan Barnes said...

10:18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.

(From Constable’s Commentary) “One of the greatest blessings that Christians enjoy is that God has promised never to withdraw His indwelling presence from our bodies, His present temples.”