Ezekiel

Ezekiel 20-21

I want to tell anyone who got behind in Genesis and gave up to jump in at Ezekiel 20 and you won’t be behind anymore!  The recap is told in mini-chapters.  Ezekeil gives us the date of this speech to the elders.  It is EXACTLY 5 years before the captivity.  So it is August 591.

1. It begins in verse 5This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose Israel….they rebelled,  BUT…

But for the sake of my name, I brought them out of Egypt. I did it to keep my name from being profaned in the eyes of the nations among whom they lived and in whose sight I had revealed myself to the Israelites. 

Oh that threw me for a moment!  It said from “keeping my name from being profaned?” 

2.  Next, verse 10– they move to the wilderness (the Exodus)-  10 Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness…..they rebelled,  BUT…14 But for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.

3. Next verse 18– references the 40 years of wandering…But something cool caught my eye…

23 Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries, 24 because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths, and their eyes lusted after their parents’ idols. 25 So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; 26 I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord.’

Is this saying that while they were in the Wilderness before even entering the Promise Land that God told them about the Babylonian captivity?  Anyone else read it that way?

4.  Next verse 27–  we are caught up to present day (Ezekiel’s day)- He said that after the captivity He will

34 I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered—

42 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your ancestors. 43 There you will remember your conduct and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done. 44 You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, you people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

OK…so rather than my thoughts after reading that…what are your thoughts on “Keeping my name from being profaned”.    (Of course the geek in my made like a Venn Diagram over it) BUT, there is no wrong thought on this…so raise your hand and tell me your thoughts because everyone’s answers are correct.  Why does it say…for My name’s sake?

and if I don’t hear from someone on this I will get in my car and find you!!  I really want to hear what God said to you!


Chapter 21- Judgement will come upon Jerusalem.  First, by a sword, then by an even sharper sword, then by the sword of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar).  Nebuchadnezzar will be faced with a choice of which road to take-which city to destroy.  He uses pagan rituals to choose his path (magic)- basically he drew straws (using arrows), he consulted his idols, and last he examined a liver from a sacrificed animal (think of it like palm reading…but on an organ-the shape of it directed his path).  Clearly God was in control of the answer so he used all three ways to choose the path for him.

24 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you people have brought to mind your guilt by your open rebellion, revealing your sins in all that you do—because you have done this, you will be taken captive.

He will then punish the nations around them…but then…an amazing scripture in the midst of this chaos..

25 “‘You profane and wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose time of punishment has reached its climax, 26 this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Take off the turban, remove the crown. It will not be as it was: The lowly will be exalted and the exalted will be brought low. 27 A ruin! A ruin! I will make it a ruin! The crown will not be restored until he to whom it rightfully belongs shall come; to him I will give it.’

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Ezekiel 20-21

  1. I’m going to go with the concept of misrepresenting the Lord when we read about profaningHis name. Those who call ourselves Christ followers need to always be aware of how we can misrepresent God and be “false advertising” for what it means to be a Christian

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  2. To start in verse 5 I think it really speaks to the whole free will deal. Like he chose Israel, and made a promise with their ancestors, yet they were still allowed to do as they pleased.
    But in order to save his name from being completely disgraced by them, he had to do some stuff.

    Which is really the story of the Bible… The nation of Israel, wrestling with God.

    They turn away, he has to slap them with an eviction notice. They pay the rent for a month or two, then do that same stuff again.
    It’s a cycle… They’re wrestling with God.

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  3. Gods name in my heart is total perfection. His name personifies mercy, graciousness, love and forgiveness. (To name a few descriptions) 🥰
    By way of grace and mercy, God keeps his promises in honor and glory to his name.
    God made sin to sometimes be it’s own punishment in our heart. The more you get to know and grow in your relationship with Gods holiness…the more you will see the hateful nature of your own sins. He has been so forgiving throughout the Bible read so far. He has had to prove himself time and time again. We are so easily lead astray. It’s been sad to see how defiant we really are. Why can’t people learn from their mistakes? Why had people not rather live in love than sin? It is mind boggling to see how many times his people have turned away from him. Gods promise (and he keeps his word) is to come and save us yet again. He has proven to us over and over that he keeps his word. The way I see it is… you either fall into the power of his grace or fall into the power of his wrath. It’s up to us to do right in the eyes of the Lord. Make no mistake… the day is coming that God will show his awesomeness. 🙏🏻❤️

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    1. “you either fall into the power of his grace or fall into the power of his wrath. It’s up to us to do right in the eyes of the Lord. Make no mistake… the day is coming that God will show his awesomeness”🥰

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  4. When I read “keeping my name from being profaned in the eyes of the nations” it says to me that God will always do what He says He will do and always be true to His character and he will be respected and acknowledged for it. If these nations had not seen Him rescue His people then the nations may not have believed God was real and the Israelites may have no longer professed He was God. To say or believe God is not who He says He is would be to profane His name.

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