Stephanie Salmond (by Jake)
Summary: In reading these chapters, I am somewhat impressed with the repetitiveness of the punishment from the Lord on one nation after another. There’s not alot of uniqueness in Ezekiel’s repetitive reality of Hellfire. When we are spiritually dull, our sin can seem so exciting, and godliness a bit boring; however, the opposite is true in the afterlife. Sin and its consequences are painful and repetitive. Whereas, Jesus makes all things new, every day, for all eternity. This is why our hope is “in Christ” not “out of Christ. If you really believe, how can you not share your faith.
Key verse: Ezekiel 29:21 “On that day I will cause a horn to spring up for the house of Israel, and I will open your lips among them. Then they will know that I am the Lord .” (ESV)
View of God: Ezekiel 30:24 Reminds me of when Moses raised his arms the Israelites prevailed in their battle with the Amalekites. But when his arms weakened the enemy got the upper hand. When Moses’ assistants saw this they held up his arms… Here God is holding up the arms of the king of Babylon, and He’s breaking the arms of the Pharaoh. All that God does – His blessings and His judgments – are for one ultimate purpose – that the world will know that He is the Lord!
Change to me: I see that I need to open my mouth throughout my daily life and allow others to see/hear my faith so that they come to know God and make Jesus their Lord.
I’ll go forward with God with a renewed commitment to share my faith and spread the Gospel.
I see Jesus in that He makes all things new, every day, for all eternity. This is why our hope is “in Christ” not “out of Christ”. If I really believe, how can I not share my faith.