- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 5
Ezekiel was among the captives in 597BC when Babylonia besieged Jerusalem and King Nebuchadnezzar deported thousands of Jewish nobility and skilled craftsmen to Babylon, the first invasion of Babylonia. In this exiled land, Ezekiel saw the vision of God and prophesized the judgement of God for Jerusalem and Judah. Finally, Jerusalem fell by Babylonia in 587BC.
Ezekiel acted out a symbolic actions of oracle against Jerusalem and Judah.
Shorn hair and shaved beard symbolizes total destruction of Jerusalem. A third of people will die of the plague or perish by famine in Judah. A third will fall by the sword of outside military force. And a third will be scattered.
Because of wickedness among the people of Judah, detestable idols, and defiling God’s sanctuary, God will punish them. God will do to them what God has never done before and will never do again (v.9). They did against the law of God and they will become a reproach, a taunt, and an object of horror to the nations around them.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?