In Today's Scripture
Glory of the Lord leaving the Temple; judgment upon lying leaders; the promise of Israel's restoration and renewal; captivity near
Ezekiel's vision revealed the dispatching of seven men, one to spare the faithful minority and six to slay the idolatrous majority of Israelites. One man . . . clothed with linen marked the foreheads of all who remained faithful to the Lord (Ezekiel 9:2-7). Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the House, and stood over the cherubims. And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth . . . and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD s House (10:18-19).
Ezekiel observed the leaders of
As the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city (Ezekiel 11:23), it reluctantly left the city which the LORD did choose out of all the tribes of
The Lord again gave Ezekiel a prophecy that reached far into the future: I will put a new Spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in My statutes (decrees), and keep Mine ordinances (commands), and do them: and they shall be My people, and I will be their God (Ezekiel 11:19-20; also 36:26-27). It is thrilling to know that Ezekiel was also speaking to Christians. The Apostle Paul wrote: Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints (believers), and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of . . . Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone (Ephesians 2:19-20).
As the One who gives a new Spirit (Ezekiel 11:19). This is the promise fulfilled when we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives. God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts (Galatians 4:4-7).
12:3 stuff for removing =b> belongings to take into exile; 12:23 effect =b> fulfillment; 13:9 upon =b> against; 13:18 women that sew pillows to all armholes =b> false prophetesses who sew magic charms on divining garments; 13:21 kerchiefs =b> veils; 13:23 divine divinations =b> practice witchcraft.
Pray for Government Officials: Rep. John Olver (MA) and Rep. Thomas Reynolds (NY) Country: Jordan (5 million) in southwestern Asia Major languages: Arabic and English Religious tolerance 93% Muslim; 5% Christian Prayer Suggestion: Have faith that God always keeps His promises (Genesis 17:16 & 21:2-3).
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 103:10