Saturday, 24 June 2017

Ezekiel 31-35

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...

31:10-11 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, I gave it into the hands of the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside . . .

Pride leads to wickedness. Proud people think they are above the law. Egypt had grown prosperous because of the Nile (v. 7), like Assyria and the Tigris. Yet neither acknowledged that God was the provider of water.

Susan Barnes said...

32:13 I will destroy all her cattle from beside abundant waters no longer to be stirred by the foot of man or muddied by the hooves of cattle.

(Constable Commentary’s) “The Egyptians regarded many forms of cattle as manifestations of their gods” . . . “He would again humble the gods of Egypt and demonstrate His Sovereignty as he had done in the Exodus.”

God destroys idols. God wants to destroy those things which harm us. Those things which lead to pride and wickednesss.

Susan Barnes said...

33:18-19 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, they will die for it. And if a wicked person turns away from their wickedness and does what is just and right, they will live by doing so.

(From Constable’s Commentary) “The issue here is not earning salvation or losing it by the way one lives. It is rather the consequences of individual behavior in the life, which the Mosaic Law promised.”

We reap what we sow.

Susan Barnes said...

34:26 I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.

God sends showers in season. Israel had no great rivers and had to rely on seasonal rain, which was symbolic, and a practical reminder of relying on God to provide what they needed in that season.

Susan Barnes said...

35:11 “… therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.”

God gave many reasons for the desolation of Edom (Mt. Seir):
Harbored an ancient hostility, delivered Israelites over to the sword (v. 5)
Because you said, these two nation and countries will be ours (v. 10)
The anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred (v. 11)
You boasted against me and spoke without restraint (v. 13)
You rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate (v. 14)

Yet Edom’s downfall would make Israel realize that God was protecting them.