EZEKIEL

Eze 19 TWO LAMENTS
Saturday, April 10,2021.

Eze 19:5  

When she saw her hope unfulfilled, her expectation gone, she took another of her cubs and made him a strong lion: the mother is Jerusalem and the cubs were her kings. Jehoahaz or Shallum reigned only a few months but his reign was evil as he devoured men Jer 22:10,11,12; 2 Ki 23:30,31,32. Shortly after he was placed in prison in Egypt 2 Ki 23:33. Jehoiachin followed as king and was also evil devouring the people. He was later taken prisoner to Babylon Eze 19:9. Ezekiel was to sing these two laments to make the people aware of God’s judgment on their evil kings.

Application: The Bible teaches that we will reap what we have sown Gal 6:7. Let us learn from Israel’s mistakes and avoid God’s judgment.

PRODIGAL

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Eze 18 PROVERB
Friday, April 9, 2021.

Eze 18:2  

“What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: “‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? God corrected the meaning of the proverb about the land of Israel. The people were saying that if the parent’s sin, their children would also pay the penalty of sin. However, God rectified this misunderstanding by stating that the one who sins is the one who will die Eze 18:4. Therefore if the children did not participate in their parent’s sin, then they would not be held accountable. Each person will be responsible for his or her behaviour.

Application: Psychology would like to make excuses for the evil behaviour of children by blaming it on the family’s parenting. Even if they were poor examples for their children’s behaviour God still holds each person responsible for their actions. No one should blame another for their sin Jas 1:14,15.

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

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Eze 17 TRUSTING GOD
Thursday, April 8, 2021.

 Eze 17:7  

But there was another great eagle with powerful wings and full plumage. The vine now sent out its roots toward him from the plot where it was planted and stretched out its branches to him for water: the first eagle represented the King of Babylon while Judah was Lebanon Eze 17:3. The topmost shoot depicted Judah’s king––Jehoiachin Eze 17:4. His offspring, Zedekiah made a covenant with the King of Babylon. To make sure Zedekiah kept the covenant, Jehoiachin and others were exiled to Babylon Eze 17:12, 13,14. But Zedekiah rebelled by asking Egypt, the second eagle to be their ally Eze 17:15. God informed Judah that He would punish Zedekiah for breaking the oath with Babylon but also with Him Eze 17:20.

Application: God wanted Judah to trust in Him not in Egypt’s horses or man’s power, but Judah refused and was judged. We need to trust in God rather than human institutions like our government. Only God can deliver victory!

I WILL TRUST

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Eze 16 JERUSALEM IS A PROSTITUTE
Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Eze 16:41  

They will burn down your houses and inflict punishment on you in the sight of many women. I will put a stop to your prostitution, and you will no longer pay your lovers: the Lord prophesied what would happen to His adulterous wife Eze 16:32. Not only did Judah prostitute herself but paid her lovers Eze 16:33. She wasn’t satisfied with one lover, so she engaged with many, who used her Eze 16:27,28,29. Judah will be punished for her breaking of God’s covenant, but despite the Lord’s anger, He will make an everlasting covenant with her Eze 16:38,59,60.

Application: it breaks my heart to see God’s jealous anger in action. I want to be a faithful helpmate and not disappoint God in all that I do. My hope is to hear the positive statement, “well done faithful servant” Mt 25:23. Help me Holy Spirit to give my best as I play my part.

HE CAN’T BE YOUR SUPERMAN

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Eze 15 DESTRUCTION
Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Eze 15:8 

I will make the land desolate because they have been unfaithful, declares the Sovereign Lord: the Lord is disappointed in His people because of their unfaithfulness and prophesied destruction to make them aware of His presence.

Application: to get our attention God sometimes has to let us experience destruction before we recognize our unfaithfulness to Him. Let us learn from the Israelites experience o that we don’t have to experience judgment in our lives 1 Co 10:11.

LOOK AT ME NOW

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Eze 14 REPENT
Monday, April 5, 2021.

Eze 14:6  

“Therefore, say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices: God doesn’t want to punish the people so He gives them the opportunity to repent. Unfortunately, they are stubborn and refuse to change leaving God with no choice except judgment.

Application: The Lord is long-suffering and if we are wise, we will heed His command to repent of our wrongdoing. God’s laws are for our benefit, not to limit our freedom. A train has true freedom only if it stays on the rails––unlimited freedom would be disastrous.

 
BLIND SIGHT

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Eze 13 WHITEWASHED WALLS
Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Eze 13:14  

I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord: the prophets of Israel were fooling the people telling them that peace was in the future when the reality was that God was going to judge them Eze 13:10. Their whitewashed walls were going to fall much like them. They looked good on the outside but on the inside were wicked Mt 23:27.

Application: there will always be evil liars. They existed in  the days of Jesus and today are highly respected preachers with mega congregations. God had wrath planned for those false prophets in Ezekiel’s days and He will do the same to today’s charlatans.

THESE PRESENT TIMES

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Eze 12 PROPHECIES SOON FULFILLED
Saturday, April 3, 2021.

 Eze 12:23 

Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled: the people of Jerusalem did not believe that God was about to judge them so He had Ezekiel act out what would soon happen to the king Eze 12:11. Then He told them the proverb they always quote they would no longer quote for judgment would be coming soon.

Application: we are on the brink of seeing God’s judgment on evil today. Satan will never defeat God Rev 20:10.
PRODIGAL

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Eze 11 DECEIVERS
Friday, April 2, 2021.

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Eze 11:3 

They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it: after the people had been exiled to Babylon, Jeremiah had prophesied to build houses as they would be in captive for a long time Jer 29:4,5. The people left at Jerusalem mocked God’s prophecies telling the people the opposite. They would build houses in Jerusalem for God was not going to destroy them, as the city was a pot¾their protection from the fire of the enemy.  Ezekiel had a different interpretation from God. Their city was a pot and the dead that these leaders were responsible for were the meat and God would rid Himself of their leaders Eze 11:7.

Application: to intentionally interpret God’s Word falsely will eventually bring strong judgment upon any false teacher Jas 3:1. To lead others astray is much worse than allowing yourself to be deceived. God will not be mocked as each will receive their just reward Gal 6:7.
FISH OR CUT BAIT


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Eze 10 SHEKINAH GLORY
Thursday, April 1, 2021.

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Eze 10:4  

Then the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord: this cloud was known as the Shekinah Glory and is mentioned quite often in the Bible. The Israelites were led by it in the wilderness Ex 13:21,22. God spoke to Moses in the cloud Ex 19:9. It was present at the door of the tabernacle Ex 33:9,10. The disciples saw it when Jesus was transfigured Lk 9:34,35. Jesus ascending into it after his resurrection Ac 1:9.

Application: even though we may not see the Shekinah Glory in our lifetime, we have the sure promise that the Holy Spirit lives in us forever Jn 14:16.ALL MY STRENGTH


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Eze 9 THE MARK
Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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 Eze 9:4  

“Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it: God has used marks throughout the Bible to separate men. Cain was given a mark so that if anyone found him, they would not kill him Gen 4:14,15. To avoid death, the Lord told the Israelites to mark the doorframes, as the blood would be a sign to pass over their houses Ex 12:7,12,13. The 144,000 virgins had the mark of the Father and Jesus on their foreheads Rev 14:1,4. Those that took the mark of the beast on their forehead or hand would face the torment of burning sulphur Rev 14:9,10.

Application: We are getting very close to the final damning mark of the beast. The vaccine passport is preparing us for the one world digital currency and the eventual mark of the beast where we won’t be able to buy or sell without this mark Rev 13:16,17.
THESE PRESENT TIMES


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Eze 8 GOD SEES ALL
Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

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Eze 8:12  

He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the land:  The elders believed that because Judah wasn’t delivered by the Lord, He wasn’t around to watch them worship idols hoping to win their favor. However, the Lord sees all and will not have pity on them, even if they cry out to Him Eze 8:18.

Application: Israel didn’t think God could see their idolatry and we believe the same, for if we were aware of the Lord’s presence, how could we sin in front of Him? Pretending that the Holy Spirit isn’t seeing what we’re doing, even though He lives inside of us is even more mindless than the Israelites folly.HE LIVES IN YOU


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Eze 7 ARROGANCE
Monday, March 29, 2021.

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 Eze 7:10 

See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed: God used Ezekiel to spread His message that the people of Israel had become arrogant and had turned to false gods and therefore had earned judgment.

Application: God resists the proud but to the humble extends grace Jas 4:6. Jesus’ desire is to live His live through a submitted soul Gal 2:20. The result is the reflection of His character 2 Co 3:18 to the lost world, giving them the opportunity to see their potential, if they humble themselves.LET ME LIVE


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Eze 6 GOD GRIEVED
Sunday, March 28, 2021.

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 Eze 6:9 

Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me—how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols: God will have His people exiled for their adulterous hearts; however, some will be spared death and will be scattered among the nations Eze 6:8.

They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices: after rebellion comes judgment, but after judgment comes repentance. Whenever, God finds true repentance, He forgives and restores that relationship.

Application: we are born separated from God because of Adam’s sin Ro 5:12. In God’s great compassion He sent Jesus to provide a way back to Him. If you have been serving false gods turn to Jesus and receive God’s forgiveness as His will is that none should perish 2 Pe 3:9.YOU STILL LOVE ME


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Eze 5 OBEDIENCE REQUIRED
Saturday, March 27, 2021.

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Eze 5:7 

Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you: Judah was supposed to set an example for all the other nations to demonstrate the greatness of her God. However, instead of being the bright light, her lifestyle was worse than the surrounding neighbour’s. God   disciplined her wickedness to remind His people that obedience is required Eze 5:13.

Application: we should never forget that God is in control of all events and our purpose is to obey His will, if we don’t, we can expect the same type of discipline as Judah received.HOW YOU LOVE ME


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Eze 4 ACCOMMODATION
Friday, March 26, 2021.

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Eze 4:15  

“Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement:” Ezekiel objected Eze 4:14 to God’s command to bake his bread using human excrement as fuel Eze 4:12. Remarkably God relented and granted Ezekiel’s request Eze 4:15.

Application: God has a reason for every command He orders, however, He sometimes will accommodate our requests such as when Moses said he was slow at speech so God allowed Aaron to be his voice Ex 4:14,15. It is important to remember if God chooses us for a mission He will supply all that is necessary for the victory.HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS


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Eze 3 REVERENCE
Thursday, March 25, 2021.

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Eze 3:23 

So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the Lord was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown: Ezekiel had a second encounter with the glory of God and immediately fell to his knees. 

Application: Ezekiel showed his reverence for the Lord and even though I haven’t seen the glory of the Lord, I need to learn from Ezekiel’s experience and venerate the Lord.HE IS MARVELOUS


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Eze 2 FEAR NOT
Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

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 Eze 2:6  

And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people: God warned Ezekiel that the people of Judah were wicked and would try to intimidate him, especially if he was delivering a message of repentance for their rebellious ways. However, God had Ezekiel’s back and therefore nothing to fear. 

Application: when I am doing God’s will there is no reason to fear for God will protect me from all harm Ps 91:9,10.HE IS LOVE


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Eze 1 FOUR LIVING CREATURES
Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

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 Eze 1:10  

Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle: Ezekiel catches a glance of the glory of God. These four creatures are also seen in heaven Rev 4:7,8 and they worship God Rev 19:4 including Jesus, proving He is God Rev 5:13,14.

The four faces interestingly represented Jesus in the four Gospels: Matthew was written to the Jews which depicted the Lord as the King of the Jews—the Lion of Judah Rev 5:5; while the lion is the king of the wild animals. In Mark, Jesus is depicted as the Servant of God which the ox represented—man’s greatest domestic helper. Luke portrayed Jesus as the Son of Man, which the head of a human demonstrated. Finally, John presented Jesus as the Son of God which the eagle symbolized by its soaring in the high heavens.

Application: the four living creatures worshipped God continually and was obedient to His will. If these magnificent creatures served God flawlessly, then we should strive to do likewise.PSALM OF PRAISE


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Eze 12:23 

Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled: the people of Jerusalem did not believe that God was about to judge them so He had Ezekiel act out what would soon happen to the king Eze 12:11. Then He told them the proverb they always quote they would no longer quote for judgment would be coming soon.

Application: we are on the brink of seeing God’s judgment on evil today. Satan will never defeat God Rev 20:10.

Eze 11 DECEIVERS
Friday, April 2, 2021.

Eze 11:3 

They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it: after the people had been exiled to Babylon, Jeremiah had prophesied to build houses as they would be in captive for a long time Jer 29:4,5. The people left at Jerusalem mocked God’s prophecies telling the people the opposite. They would build houses in Jerusalem for God was not going to destroy them, as the city was a pot¾their protection from the fire of the enemy.  Ezekiel had a different interpretation from God. Their city was a pot and the dead that these leaders were responsible for were the meat and God would rid Himself of their leaders Eze 11:7.

Application: to intentionally interpret God’s Word falsely will eventually bring strong judgment upon any false teacher Jas 3:1. To lead others astray is much worse than allowing yourself to be deceived. God will not be mocked as each will receive their just reward Gal 6:7.

 
FISH OR CUT BAIT

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Eze 10 SHEKINAH GLORY
Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Eze 10:4  

Then the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord: this cloud was known as the Shekinah Glory and is mentioned quite often in the Bible. The Israelites were led by it in the wilderness Ex 13:21,22. God spoke to Moses in the cloud Ex 19:9. It was present at the door of the tabernacle Ex 33:9,10. The disciples saw it when Jesus was transfigured Lk 9:34,35. Jesus ascending into it after his resurrection Ac 1:9.

Application: even though we may not see the Shekinah Glory in our lifetime, we have the sure promise that the Holy Spirit lives in us forever Jn 14:16.

ALL MY STRENGTH

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Eze 9 THE MARK
Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

 Eze 9:4  

“Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it: God has used marks throughout the Bible to separate men. Cain was given a mark so that if anyone found him, they would not kill him Gen 4:14,15. To avoid death, the Lord told the Israelites to mark the doorframes, as the blood would be a sign to pass over their houses Ex 12:7,12,13. The 144,000 virgins had the mark of the Father and Jesus on their foreheads Rev 14:1,4. Those that took the mark of the beast on their forehead or hand would face the torment of burning sulphur Rev 14:9,10.

Application: We are getting very close to the final damning mark of the beast. The vaccine passport is preparing us for the one world digital currency and the eventual mark of the beast where we won’t be able to buy or sell without this mark Rev 13:16,17.

 
THESE PRESENT TIMES

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Eze 8 GOD SEES ALL
Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Eze 8:12  

He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the land:  The elders believed that because Judah wasn’t delivered by the Lord, He wasn’t around to watch them worship idols hoping to win their favor. However, the Lord sees all and will not have pity on them, even if they cry out to Him Eze 8:18.

Application: Israel didn’t think God could see their idolatry and we believe the same, for if we were aware of the Lord’s presence, how could we sin in front of Him? Pretending that the Holy Spirit isn’t seeing what we’re doing, even though He lives inside of us is even more mindless than the Israelites folly.

HE LIVES IN YOU

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Eze 7 ARROGANCE
Monday, March 29, 2021.

 Eze 7:10 

See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed: God used Ezekiel to spread His message that the people of Israel had become arrogant and had turned to false gods and therefore had earned judgment.

Application: God resists the proud but to the humble extends grace Jas 4:6. Jesus’ desire is to live His live through a submitted soul Gal 2:20. The result is the reflection of His character 2 Co 3:18 to the lost world, giving them the opportunity to see their potential, if they humble themselves.

LET ME LIVE

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Eze 6 GOD GRIEVED
Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 Eze 6:9 

Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me—how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols: God will have His people exiled for their adulterous hearts; however, some will be spared death and will be scattered among the nations Eze 6:8.

They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices: after rebellion comes judgment, but after judgment comes repentance. Whenever, God finds true repentance, He forgives and restores that relationship.

Application: we are born separated from God because of Adam’s sin Ro 5:12. In God’s great compassion He sent Jesus to provide a way back to Him. If you have been serving false gods turn to Jesus and receive God’s forgiveness as His will is that none should perish 2 Pe 3:9.

YOU STILL LOVE ME

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Eze 5 OBEDIENCE REQUIRED
Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Eze 5:7 

Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you: Judah was supposed to set an example for all the other nations to demonstrate the greatness of her God. However, instead of being the bright light, her lifestyle was worse than the surrounding neighbour’s. God   disciplined her wickedness to remind His people that obedience is required Eze 5:13.

Application: we should never forget that God is in control of all events and our purpose is to obey His will, if we don’t, we can expect the same type of discipline as Judah received.

HOW YOU LOVE ME

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Eze 4 ACCOMMODATION
Friday, March 26, 2021.

Eze 4:15  

“Very well,” he said, “I will let you bake your bread over cow dung instead of human excrement:” Ezekiel objected Eze 4:14 to God’s command to bake his bread using human excrement as fuel Eze 4:12. Remarkably God relented and granted Ezekiel’s request Eze 4:15.

Application: God has a reason for every command He orders, however, He sometimes will accommodate our requests such as when Moses said he was slow at speech so God allowed Aaron to be his voice Ex 4:14,15. It is important to remember if God chooses us for a mission He will supply all that is necessary for the victory.

HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS

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Eze 3 REVERENCE
Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Eze 3:23 

 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the Lord was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown: Ezekiel had a second encounter with the glory of God and immediately fell to his knees.

Application: Ezekiel showed his reverence for the Lord and even though I haven’t seen the glory of the Lord, I need to learn from Ezekiel’s experience and venerate the Lord.

HE IS MARVELOUS

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Eze 2 FEAR NOT
Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

 Eze 2:6  

And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people: God warned Ezekiel that the people of Judah were wicked and would try to intimidate him, especially if he was delivering a message of repentance for their rebellious ways. However, God had Ezekiel’s back and therefore nothing to fear.

Application: when I am doing God’s will there is no reason to fear for God will protect me from all harm Ps 91:9,10.

HE IS LOVE

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Eze 1 FOUR LIVING CREATURES
Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

 Eze 1:10  

Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle: Ezekiel catches a glance of the glory of God. These four creatures are also seen in heaven Rev 4:7,8 and they worship God Rev 19:4 including Jesus, proving He is God Rev 5:13,14.

The four faces interestingly represented Jesus in the four Gospels: Matthew was written to the Jews which depicted the Lord as the King of the Jews—the Lion of Judah Rev 5:5; while the lion is the king of the wild animals. In Mark, Jesus is depicted as the Servant of God which the ox represented—man’s greatest domestic helper. Luke portrayed Jesus as the Son of Man, which the head of a human demonstrated. Finally, John presented Jesus as the Son of God which the eagle symbolized by its soaring in the high heavens.

Application: the four living creatures worshipped God continually and was obedient to His will. If these magnificent creatures served God flawlessly, then we should strive to do likewise.

PSALM OF PRAISE

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