Morning Musing: Ezekiel 37:13-14

“And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.  And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.  Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

We serve the God who is in the business of bringing life where it does not exist.  He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living.  Where there is death, He transforms it into life. Read the rest…

Morning Musing: Ezekiel 33:7

“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel.  Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

This is the second time now Ezekiel has been given this message.  The first was in the context of a series of warnings to the people of Israel.  This time it comes on the heels of a series of warning to the nations.  He was called to warn the people about God’s impending judgment.  If the people didn’t listen, they were going to be judged and the fault would be entirely their own.  If they listened, they would be saved and Ezekiel was to thank.  If, however, he didn’t warn and they received the judgment coming, their doom would rest on his head since he didn’t warn them as he was told.  This is powerful stuff.  What does it mean for us? Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Ezekiel 11:19-20

“And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them.  I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them.  And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

This is one of the great promises of God in the Old Testament.  Apart from Christ, people lack both the will and the ability to pursue a relationship with God.  It’s not just that we want to, but can’t, or even that we are able, but don’t really want it.  We couldn’t do it even if our heart desired it. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Ezekiel 9:9

“Then he said to me, ‘The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great.  The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice.  For they say, “The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.”‘”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Ezekiel was prophesying during a hard season in the life of the people of Israel.  The good and faithful King Josiah had instituted incredible moral and spiritual reforms among the people.  But after his death, the people went right back to the paganism they had pursued before him.  This proved to be the final straw.  God sent Babylon to enact His judgment against the people. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Ezekiel 11:5

“And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and he said to me, ‘Say, Thus says the Lord: So you think, O house of Israel.  For I know the things that come into your mind.'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Ezekiel is announcing some pretty grim judgment here, but I just want to give a bit of attention to the end of this verse.  “For I know the things that come into your mind.”  You probably already knew or guessed this about God, but here it is explicitly stated.  God knows what’s going on inside your mind. Read the rest…