- 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 33
Chapter 33-39 is Ezekiel’s prophetic oracles of restoration.
Chapter 33 describes Ezekiel’s role as a watchman. The prophet as watchman are called to be responsible to blows the trumpet, symbolic act of sending warning to the people. The watchman, however, is not responsible to how people would respond to his warning.
Individual responsibility is a Ezekiel’s prophecy, contrasting to generational or group responsibility. Each one is responsible for their own present behavior not the past one. These prophecy is an answer to the people who complains that God is not just.
The announcement of the fall of Jerusalem is the turning point in the book of Ezekiel. The city of Jerusalem fell by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in “the twelfth year of our exile in the tenth month on the fifth day” (v.21), which was January 586 BC. The first exile group including Ezekiel heard this news from a man who excepted from Jerusalem.
The fall of Jerusalem gives Ezekiel two different prophetic messages. First is the message of God’s judgement for people who would hear the message but would not put it into practice. They regarded Ezekiel as an entertainer (v. 32).
The second is the message of restoration and hope. This message is echoed in the last verse, “When all this comes true—and it surely will— then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”
The rest of the chapters point to the hope of restoration.
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?