- 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 9
The temple visions. (2)
The temple vision continues.
Ezekiel saw vision that God’s judgement began at the temple, destroying all idolaters. “a man clothed in linen with writing kit,” represents divine execution to punish. Linen was a ritually clean fabric and priest wore it. “a mark,” was the Hebrew letter “tau,” which is X. Marking on the forehead is a seal of salvation, which is mentioned in the book of Revelation (7:3, 9:4, 14:1). It recalls Passover story in Exodus. The plague passed over the house of Israel that painted on the front door with the blood of the lamb (Exodus 12:13)
The vision of God’s punishment is shown in the temple. God sent God’s servants to slaughter without mercy all who did detestable things before God for the sin of Israel and Judah was so great. And their dead bodies filled the temple, which was the sign that God has forsaken the land.
This vision is reversed with the vision of restoration later that will begin also at the temple. (Ezekiel 40-41)
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?