- 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 13
Oracle against false prophets of Israel.
Who were false prophets?
They prophesized out of their own imaginations, following their own spirit and have seen nothing, even though the word of the Lord has not come to them.
They prophesized without being involved nor knowing the reality of the life in Israel. (v.5)
Therefore, their visions are false and their divinations a lie. They lied by saying “the Lord declares,” even though the Lord has not spoken.
They led people astray by saying,” peace,” when there is no peace, like covering weak wall with whitewash. It will easily tumble down by violent winds. God will punish them with anger of violent winds, hailstone.
They were prophetess who made visible objects, sewing magic charms on their wrists and making veils of various lengths for their heads, which ensnare people.
False prophets disheartened the righteous and encouraged the wicked. Therefore, God will punish them, their false visions or practice divination exist no longer. God will save people from their snares.
By this they would know God.
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?