- 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 12
Chapter 12-24 is oracle against Judah, final judgement of God.
It begins with Ezekiel’s two symbolic action. First is collecting of whatever goods he can carry and the leaving of the city of Jerusalem in the cool of the evening through its breached wall. These actions symbolize captivity of Judah into exile.
“The word of the Lord came to me,” appears repeatedly five times (v.1,8,17,21, 26). At each time, Ezekiel receives God’s command to act out prophetic message. In spite of several warnings, the people of Judah believed false hope that Jerusalem would stand, and that there would be no exile.
Among the people of Judah was popular attitude that prophetic vision could be safely ignored— “The days go by and every vision comes to nothing.” (v.22). This was cynical saying among people, implying that with the passing of time, prophetic visions that Ezekiel saw will be proved empty and ineffectual. But God will fulfill what God says.
The second cynical attitude was among the exiled people who were convinced of the irrelevance of Ezekiel’s prophetic word. But God will fulfill what God says.
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?