- 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 21
Oracles on the sword.
Chapter 21 is prophesy of Judah’s destruction, and disastrous end of the life of King Zedekiah.
Sword is one of instruments of God’s judgement.
Song of the sword (vv.8-17) — the Lord is the enemy with a drawn sword, both the righteous and the wicked experience the effects of the sword. Judgement is irrevocable.
The word of Nebuchadressar, the king of Babylon(vv.18-24) — the prophesy of marking out road sign along the way that Babylonian king march to the city of Jerusalem.
The sword that cut down Israel’s king (vv.25-27) — the prophesy of the end of “wicked prince of Israel,” indicating king Zedekiah.
The sword against Ammon (vv.28-29) — the prophesy against Ammonites.
Final sword against king Nebuchadressar (vv.30-32) — The sword oracles end with the Lord addressing a judgment against the sword itself, king Nebuchadressar. He was created for the purpose of God’s judgement. but he is not exempted from his accountability for his violence. The fire that began the conflagration now consumes the agent, king himself.
The drawn sword of God, the wrath of God, will complete judgement of all, because of wickedness and rebellion. (v.4).
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?