- 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 39
Ezekiel prophesies the final stage of judgement against Gog.
Vicious Gog realizes that they cannot go against God only by their own forces, and they allied with other nations to attack Israel. But God eventually lead Gog and Magog to defeat. And the people of God will eventually return to God.
The Lord himself will bring Gog to the mountains, Israel, and the Lord alone has defeated God, so the people of Israel need only to clean up. Burning seven types of weapons for seven years symbolizes the end of warfare. That the burial of Gog and his horde takes seven months symbolizes the thorough cleansing that required to prepare for the Lord’s return. “Hamon Gog, Hamonah,” (v.16) are symbolic names of horde and pride, which are associated with militaristic imperialism.
The final vision of prophesy is mirrored into the past, and the future (vv.21-29), looking back on Israel’s past, and knowledge of God in the present, and the final (the eschatological) future, from the day forward, when the Lord restores Israel’s fortunes.
Israel will be restored that she become aware of her complicity with evil and at the same time, become the instrument through which the Lord’s holiness is displayed. Never again the Lord’s face will be hidden.
The Lord will pour out his Spirit, with renewed covenant and a promise of divine presence and peace.
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?