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
- Mount Seir was not one single mountain but the highland region south east of the dead sea and it was the home of the Edomites. Mount Seir was identified with the Edomites, much like mount Zion to the Israelites. The Edomites if you remember were descended from Esau the brother of Jacob and they had mostly been a hindrance in the past to the Israelites. A prophecy against Edom was also given, if you remember, in Obadiah.
- We see in chapter 36 why Mount Seir is being judged. It was because they took Israel’s land (along with other nations). The rest of the chapter is God promising to give His people their land back, not because they deserve it, but for the sake of His holy name. There then follow some amazing promises of God giving His people a heart of flesh instead of stone and the promise of the Holy Spirit to change, restore and deliver them. We live in the good of these promises because of all that Jesus has done, why not spend some time thanking Him now?
- Ezekiel 37 is probably the most well known chapter of the book. I have heard the prophecy of the dry bones repeated in church on many occasions during my lifetime. It is a wonderful picture of the impossible that God can do. Only He can take some dry old bones and breathe life into them and make them live again. Whatever situation He has called us to, we need to trust Him to breathe on it.
- The second half of the chapter has some amazing end time promises where Jesus reigns as the supreme shepherd and leader over His people. He will establish an everlasting covenant which all the nations will know about.