A Thousand Years as a Day – Ezekiel 37

8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.  2 Peter 3:8 (NASB) 21 And say to them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am going to take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone,Continue reading “A Thousand Years as a Day – Ezekiel 37”

David, Future King – Ezekiel 37

Many centuries before Christ, the prophet Ezekiel was given visions from the Lord spelling out the future of Israel.  Some of these prophecies are now being fulfilled millennia later, others are yet to be realized.  Perhaps we will see more of these predictions come to pass in our lifetimes. God promised through Ezekiel to bringContinue reading “David, Future King – Ezekiel 37”

Hope From Dry Bones – Ezekiel 37

1 The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. Ezekiel 37:1 (NLT)  Nothing quite matches the hopelessness of a valley filled with dry bones.  With every sign of life and vitality squeezed out, all that is left is a scattering of broken skeletons and memoriesContinue reading “Hope From Dry Bones – Ezekiel 37”

Buds and Blossoms – Ezekiel 36

6 The time is coming when Jacob’s descendants will take root.    Israel will bud and blossom    and fill the whole earth with fruit! Isaiah 27:6 (NLT) Even through their most challenging times, the Lord has never forgotten His people, Israel.  Scattered throughout His many prophecies of warning due to their persistent unfaithfulness and idolatry, God has always promisedContinue reading “Buds and Blossoms – Ezekiel 36”

Avoiding Mount Seir – Ezekiel 35

As we come to Chapter 35, Ezekiel begins to deliver a series of prophetic messages that reach far into the future, even beyond our current times.  These prophecies concern the future of Israel and its central role in God’s eternal kingdom. Ezekiel’s message focuses on Israel’s physical and spiritual reawakening in the end times.  GlobalContinue reading “Avoiding Mount Seir – Ezekiel 35”

Showers of Blessing – Ezekiel 34

“I never expected things to work out the way they did.  It was just blessings from left field.”  Skip J. The journey of life has many challenges and trials, but it is carefully supported on a lattice of blessings from God.  Undeserved favor and grace keep us going through the hardest of times and letContinue reading “Showers of Blessing – Ezekiel 34”

Good Sheep – Ezekiel 34

We have looked at the difficulties of being a good shepherd – how about those of being a good sheep? What are the qualities that make a good sheep?  Here we are referring to God-followers, or disciples, not the farm animal variety. God has made pretty clear His two basic commands for us: 1) toContinue reading “Good Sheep – Ezekiel 34”

The Divine Search – Ezekiel 34

While humans may often fail each other in their roles as shepherds and leaders, God will never fail us. Whatever situation we may find ourselves in, whatever unfairness or hardships have come our way, or painful consequences of our own poor choices stare us in the face in the morning, the Lord has promised toContinue reading “The Divine Search – Ezekiel 34”

Faithful Shepherds – Ezekiel 34

A shepherd is a role of great responsibility. Many of us live out the duties of a shepherd in one way or another – we provide the nourishment, guidance, and protection for another living being who is unable to do this for themselves.  This may be for a baby, child, or youth in our care. Continue reading “Faithful Shepherds – Ezekiel 34”

A New Creation – Ezekiel 33

I recently heard from a person who became enraged by the failure of a product they had just purchased.  In their fury, they told a friend that they were going to drive back to the store and really vent their anger at the salesperson.  The friend, a fellow believer, leaned over and quietly spoke, “WeContinue reading “A New Creation – Ezekiel 33”