- 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 22
Judah is viewed as dross, left inside a furnace. This analogy explains that Judah became useless because she did not repent of her sins. Therefore, God will punish Judah by scattering her around the nations.
Oracles of indictment contains a catalogue of sins. Judah violated the covenant of God (vv.6-16), idolatry, blood-shedding the innocent, injustice, violence, slander, treating parents with contempt, oppressing the outsider and aliens, mistreating orphans and widows, despising God’s holy things, desecrated the Sabbath, slanderous murder, pagan meals, sexual violations, bribery, excessive interest-taking and extortion. All these lists violate God’s commandments written in the Commandment of God.
The consequences of Judah’s sin are exile (v.15) and public profane (v.16), and Judah has become nothing but dross in a furnace. Since God has not been able to find anyone who cry against injustice and oppression in Judah, God will consume Judah with fire out of divine wrath.
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?