October 25, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 5, 6

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SAA Notes

Ezekiel had to do some strange things – he was a living visual aide for his prophetic message. God left no stone unturned in seeking to elicit repentance in His people.

SJA Notes

Sometimes the Lord is going to ask us to do things that don’t make sense, that are strange.

In fact, being one of God’s people will be strange. Full stop.

Those around us will mock and laugh, they will call us weird and even worse.

In Ezekiel’s time God was furious with His people. Fury. They had turned away from Him time and time again. Even the best of them was broken and frail.

His fury and wrath were going to pour out on them so that only a remnant were left.

How do we read these things today? What impact can they have on us?

It’s funny that we can think we are different in our world now. That we are somehow a little more advanced than the people of Ezekiel’s time.

We know though that this isn’t true. Sin is sin.

And Jesus came for sinners. Sinners such as we are. Such as Ezekiel was. Such as Israel were.

We need Jesus, who bore God’s wrath in the place of His bride.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* God Above,

You poured out Your wrath on Your Son for us, Your people.

Who are we to deserve such a work of mercy?

You have saved us from death into eternal life.

What are we to You that You would gift us thusly?

You have written our names in Your book of life from before the foundation of the world.

How can we even respond to this?

Please mark us as humble before You and obedient to You Lord. Your commands, may they show in truth through our lives.

Amen.

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