Reading Ezekiel

This summer I’m reading Ezekiel.  Won’t you join me?  I  want to encourage you to read the Bible yourself, and  read it to your children or grandchildren. 

 Drop everything and read…..

 “In the Scripture, God’s severe correction of his sons has even come during times when there lived saints with outstanding measures of grace. Yet he did not use their gifts to revive. As Habakkuk spoke of his dread of Babylon’s crushing blows to Judah, still to come, he was speaking of times in which not only he, but also Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel lived. Yet their prayers and their faithful ministries were not employed in quickly accomplishing a revival that prevented severe chastisement.” (Habbakkuk by Walter Chantry, p. 42). 

It is important to keep this idea in mind during these days of moral decline in America.  God could send us revival—or He may not.  But, we have Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel to read.  Join me.  I’ll explain the history.  And also give you some examples of ways you can apply this to your life and heart today.

A  LITTLE HISTORY

Ezekial was trained as a Priest.  Around 598 BC , he was hauled off by the Babylonians to live in today’s Iraq.  There he had several visions revealing future events, some aspect of God’s character, or parables or sermons he was to preach to God’s people.  He made several prophecies which have come true —showing us the truthfulness of the Bible.  Since the Bible is essentially one book centered around one theme—man’s need of an atoning sacrifice for his sins, look for this theme as you read.   

 Since I use the Reformed Christian faith as my lens thru which I see all of scripture, I always consider the Hebrews as a historical example of the church.  When it is reasonable to do so, I equate the two–especially as I apply it to my life, both in everyday situations  and spiritually. For instance, in Ezekiel 34, the prophet rebukes the elders of Israel for their lies and harsh leadership.  I am reminded of the many pastors and church leaders today who rule with cult-like techniques or fail to warn of sin and the wrath to come.  And are such poor leaders as to omit the hope found in the atonement of Christ Jesus.

“For thus says the Lord  God, Behold, I, I myself will search fo my sheep and will seek them out” (Ezekiel 34:11). 

A lITTLE APPLICATION

 This reminds me of  the parable Jesus told of the lost sheep (Luke 15), and I picture myself upon His shoulders, sought out, saved, cared for.  I should love Him more and seek to let others know of Him and think highly of Him. What better way to do this than to seek to be gentle, show mercy, love the truth……

As Pastor Chantry says, perhaps we’ll have a revival in America; maybe we won’t.  But, we can keep on reading, changing, and watching for the Holy Spirit to work in our own life.

 

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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