In 597 BC a 30 year old priest by the name of Ezekiel was taken captive by the Babylonian army. He was one of the many people taken from Jerusalem and Judah to Babylon. In 593 BC God called Ezekiel to be a prophet – to declare the God’s message to the people of Judah who were living in Babylon. The message that God gave him to speak was not popular . . . in fact, most people did not want to hear it or believe it. From 593 BC until 586 BC when Jerusalem was finally totally wiped out Ezekiel preached about the sins of Judah and the judgment of God that was coming on Jerusalem as a result. When Jerusalem fell as God had said it would, then Ezekiel began to share a message of hope that spoke of the restoration of Jerusalem and what true worship would look like in the future. Ezekiel’s writings are carefully dated between 593 and 585 BC. Ezekiel, like Jeremiah and Isaiah, would often illustrate his messages by acting them out. It appears that he even built a stage of sorts in front of his home in Babylon on which to dramatically portray his messages. People really did not want to hear what he had to say, but because of what he would be doing on the stage their curiosity would get the best of them and they would drop by to see what Ezekiel was up to today. (See chapters 4 and 5 for example)

   The two major themes of Ezekiel are the moral and religious history of Judah up to this point in time, and secondly is the hope for the future when God restores the remnant of people who will choose to be faithful to Him and His Word. Woven between these two major themes are three others that have pertinence for you and me today . . . 1. Ezekiel talks about the nature of God, 2. The purpose of divine judgment, and 3. Each individual person’s responsibility for his or her actions.

   In chapter 7 today verse 8 warns us that our actions have consequences.

Ezekiel 7:8

I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you; I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices.

   As I read the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah today I reminded of the what the apostle Paul wrote in the letter to the Galatians – people living under grace as you and I are –

Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. [8] The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

   So, I must ask myself on an ongoing basis, what kind of seed am I sowing today?




Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Wednesday October 20, 2010   Ezekiel 7-8 and Isaiah 20

Thursday     October 21, 2010   Ezekiel 9-10 and Isaiah 21

Friday          October 22, 2010   Ezekiel 11-12 and Isaiah 22

Saturday      October 23, 2010   Ezekiel 13-14 and Isaiah 23

Sunday        October 24, 2010   Ezekiel 15-16 and Isaiah 24

Monday       October 25, 2010   Ezekiel 17-18 and Isaiah 25

Tuesday      October 26, 2010   Ezekiel 19-20 and Isaiah 26