Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ezekiel-God Shows the People What Will Happen

By Mary Vee
Ezekiel 12



From Ezekiel's Journal



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My name is Ezekiel. I am a prophet, a messenger sent from God.

Other prophets were given messages from God to tell the people of Israel. Recently, though, God has asked me to show the people His message.

This is what God asked me to do:

"Pack your belongings for exile [exile means someone is taking you from your home and not allowing you to return]. In the daytime, as the people watch, go from where you are to another place. Maybe they will understand what I am warning them.

"During the day, while the people watch you, bring out your belongings that you packed. At night, while they watch, leave the place like a person in exile would do. As the people continue to watch, dig through the wall and take your belongings with you. Put your things on your shoulder and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so you cannot see the land."

I did as God commanded. I packed my things and took them with me. In the evening, I dug through the wall with my hands and took my belongings out with me, carrying them on my shoulders.  All of this was done while the people watched.

The next morning, God spoke to me, "Did the people of Israel ask you what you were doing?"

"Yes," I answered.

God said, "Tell them 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Everything you did concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all Israelites who are there. What I showed you is a sign of what will happen to those still in Jerusalem.

"The prince of Jerusalem will attempt to escape. He will be caught and brought to Babylon. He will not see the land and there he will die. His staff and troops will be try to run but will be captured and made prisoners. Then they will know that the God of Israel is the Lord."

I told the people His message.

Next, God said "Tremble as you eat your food and shudder in fear as you drink your water. Tell the people, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says will happen to those in Jerusalem. They will eat their food in fear and drink their water in sadness for the land will be ruined because of the evil there. When this happens, you will know that I am the Lord.'"

Then God said, "I will do everything I have said."

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1. Who did God say would be punished? Where did these people live?
2. But who did Ezekiel tell the message to? Where did they live?
3. Why did God tell one group of people what would happen to a different group of people?


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