Summary: “For four years, Ezekiel has been foretelling the disasters that would come upon Jerusalem. He was apparently respected by his countrymen but they completely disregarded and refused to believe his prophecies. Now that the city had fallen, the voice of prophecy would cease, as far as God’s people were concerned. God moves on to provide Ezekiel prophecies against all the neighboring nations surrounding Israel that had led her astray.
Key verse (~ 10 times Ezekiel 24:26; 25:7, 11, 14, 17; 26:5, 14; 28:10, 23, 24, 26) “Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.”
View of God: These chapters remind me that God’s plan is for us to prosper…he does not spare the rod and he will discipline us but ultimately it is for our benefit. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (ESV)
Change to me: I have faith and I love God but because of the current condition of the world, I can sometimes lose sight of Hope. I need to hang on to Hope in a positive way knowing that God’s plans for us are to prosper.
I go forward with God knowing that if I strive to learn His lessons during difficult times I will continually move towards PEACE. Hebrew 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (ESV)
I see Jesus in the prophet Ezekiel. God calls him “son of Man” many times and gives him the Word to pass on to the Israelites. Like Jesus, Ezekiel prophesied to bring the Israelites back into a right relationship with God. He was not the judge but the bringer of the message.