- 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 19
Chapter 19 is an oracle of lamentation for the kings of Judah.
The lioness symbolizes Judah. The first whelp is prince Jehoahaz, the son of King Josiah. Johoahaz was taken to Egypt and died there (Jeremiah 22:10-12).
The second whelp is Jehoiachin, the son of King Jehoiakim who ruled Judah short period of time before he was exiled to Babylon (Jeremiah 22:24-30).
The vine symbolizes Judah. The strongest stem is King Zedekiah who was stripped by the east wind, symbolizing Babylonian king Nebuchadrezzar, and taken to Babylon and died there.
Analogy of royal king and family to lioness and vine is to prophesying disastrous end of their life and destruction of Judah because they did not follow the way 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?