July 15th

Ezekiel 34-36

  • 34:2 – This is not referring to shepherds of white fluffy animals, but the leaders of the Israelites who were supposed to be leading them towards God.
  • 34:7-10 – God was not pleased with the leaders’ negligence towards the people, so God committed to rescuing the people.
  • 34:20-24 – God is referring to Jesus here when he talks about bringing all his people together under one. Jesus was in the line of David.
  • 35:1-15 – Mount Seir was a series of mountains marking the southeastern border of Judah. Clearly the people that inhabited the region had disobeyed God and would face punishment and the land would be made desolate.
  • 35:15 – So many of the prophecies and oracles end with the statement, “then they will know that I am the Lord” or something similar. The destruction and difficulty God was sending to these nations had a purpose. Clearly they were previously unaware that God was God alone, or they were simply unwilling for that truth to inform how they lived.
  • 36:8-15 – Not all the prophecies were bad. God promises to reestablish and repopulate the mountains of Israel. Here too he says that they will know he is God, but this time it’s because of the good he does for them.
  • 36:26 – A powerful verse describing how we become when we choose sin over and over again and then how God restores and transforms us.

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