Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- The prophecy and lament over Egypt continues in chapter 32, but by the end of the chapter it includes a lot of other nations all gathered at Sheol (death) slain by the sword.
- In chapter 33 we see that Ezekiel has been made a watchman for the people. If God says anything to him, he must speak it out or the people’s blood will be upon himself. It is an amazing privilege but a sobering one. The situation is different now in the New Testament now that Jesus has come, but we still have a responsibility to preach the good news of God’s grace and favour that is freely available to all. Let’s see where we can bring this good news today.
- Another sobering lesson in chapter 34 and this time to the shepherds (leaders) of Israel. They have looked after themselves but not the flock they are supposed to be leading. God is going to hold them accountable for that and has in fact declared himself against them. Not a good place to be. They should be looking after the poor, needy, sick, fatherless and homeless. The one’s that are the closest to God’s heart. Instead God has said that He will shepherd the people instead and provide for them and rescue them. He will do that through His servant David (v23) who of course we know to be Jesus.