- 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 11
The temple vision (4)
After the vision of oracle, the judgement of the temple in the previous three chapters, Ezekiel’s vision continue oracle against Israel’s leaders, their wicked counsel.
It refers to two leaders, Jaazaniah and Pelatiah, who plotted between Egypt and Zedekiah’s pro-Egyptian counselors against king Nebuchadrezzar recorded in Jeremiah 27 and 37. They falsely assured the populace of Jerusalem’s security and that they continue domestic construction.
Ezekiel saw a vision of oracle against wicked thought and mind of the people that led to killing of innocent people. This wickedness will bring God’s judgement against them.
Ezekiel saw vision of restoration among the exiled people. God will renew the exiles with an undivided heart and a new spirit. God will remove from them the heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. God will renew the covenant of old. Then God will bring them back home, which is promised return of Israel.
Then Ezekiel saw in vision the cherubim, symbolizing the presence of God, with the living creature that he saw in chapter 1, leaving out of temple. This vision explains that the glory of God left Jerusalem.
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?