Have you ever made a promise only to break it? You promised to show up finally at your child’s ball game, but the office meeting went late and you missed it again. Your promise to help your spouse around the house lasted only a week. You confidently assured your parents that you would get an “A” on your next report card but could only muster a “B.”Read More
This may well have been Ezekiel’s first public utterance since the messenger came with the news that Jerusalem had fallen (ch 33:21). The prophet makes clear that behind the waywardness of God’s people lay a failure of leadership, here expressed by the shepherd metaphor.Read More discipleship, leadership, shepherd
News of the fall of Jerusalem has just arrived. The people blurt out, “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone” (v 11 NIV). The Lord responds by giving Ezekiel a graphic vision – the third recorded in his book (see also chs 1-3; 8-11).
Up to chapter 33, Ezekiel’s oracles were heavy with warnings of judgment.Read More hope, judgment, life, prayer, prophecy
Once again Ezekiel performs a piece of street theatre (vv 15-17; compare 4:1-5; 5:1-4; 12:1-7). In chapter 4 Ezekiel played toy soldiers; here he becomes a signwriter. Each stick may have been a wooden board coated with beeswax – a common medium for writing formal messages in the ancient Near East.Read More street theatre, Unity