‘What I have said will be done’: Ezekiel 12 (8 September 2020)

Bible Society's Daily Reflections follow the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, designed for those who want to read the whole Bible in one year. Each reflection focuses on one of its four daily chapters. Darllenwch rhain yn Gymraeg.

Pray

Pray

We come before you Lord, just as we are: nothing more, nothing less. You made us in your image and loved us into being. So be among us now, just as we are: nothing more, nothing less. We thank you God for this time today. Amen.

Reflect

Daily reflection: Ezekiel 12

Chapters 12–19 are a series of prophecies about the fate of Jerusalem, which include the flight of the prince from Jerusalem and the continued misery of those in the city. First, there is another prophetic action. God ordered Ezekiel to prepare an ‘exile's baggage’, and then dig through the wall of his house and go out with his face covered in full view of the people. This warning adds to the drama and suspense of how God will handle the wickedness of his rebellious people.

Having captured the attention of the people with his escapades, God tells Ezekiel to explain that his acts are signs of what will happen to the prince in Jerusalem all the ‘rebellious house’ of Israel who are in Jerusalem. Even the prince will depart as a refugee and be taken to Babylon, where he will die. However, since the people were still listening to false prophets who had told them all would be well – just what they wanted to hear – they were reluctant to believe Ezekiel's message of judgement. You can feel the tension in this story and the tug of war between good and evil at every turn. At this juncture, God decides to let a few people escape death, so that they might tell of his power in other lands.

God tells Ezekiel to reinforce his warning by quaking and trembling as he eats and drinks, signalling the gravity of the situation and the fear the people should feel. Yet still they refuse to believe him, convinced that Ezekiel's vision must refer to something in the distant future – much easier than confronting their own fate. However, God tells Ezekiel that the vision will come true quickly – what the Lord has said will be done (verse 28).

Although Ezekiel’s messages are about wrath and judgement, behind them lies God’s endless compassion and forgiveness.

Pray

Pray

Loving Lord, may I always be watchful in your presence, and discerning about whom I trust to lead me to your glory. Amen.

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