Ezekiel 18

Reading.

  • 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 18

Overview.

Individual Responsibility.

There was among the exiled a fatalistic notion of cause and effect life in Babylonia. They blamed their fathers for their misfortune, saying “we sufferer because our fathers broke the covenant with God.”

Citing a popular proverb of eating sour grapes Ezekiel reputed the fatalistic notion in life. A detailed reputation responded to objection invited the exiled to repent and turn toward life.

Ezekiel detailed to reputation the popular notion by citing three generations of people.

First generation (v5-9) was righteous fathers who did not defiled themselves before God.

Second generation (v10-13) was wicked son, whose life was opposite to his father. Third generation was his righteous son.

This detailed explanation on three generations emphasize individual responsibility. God will judge according to each individual life.

The exiled complained that the way of the Lord was not just. God responded to them, “The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.” (v.20).  “I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the sovereign Lord.” (v.30).

The lesson from sour grape proverb is this: Because God is just, Israel’s only hope is to repent and renew their covenant with God. that is the way they can live, and also God wants them to repent and live, which is the pleasure of 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?  

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