Ezekiel

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Summer 2018

The prophet Ezekiel stands out among the prophets of the Old Testament as eccentric and extreme—called by God not only to deliver harsh messages, but in his own life and action to experience and embody the plight of Israel and the wrath of God. Yet in the midst of God's judgment on the chosen people of Israel, there are glimmers of hope, hints of restoration. Can a people who have utterly failed be redeemed? Can lives that have been wasted find purpose again? Can dry, dead bones live again?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

 Ezekiel (Part 1)

The prophet Ezekiel is an extraordinary and complicated biblical figure, which draws the church's attention to the challenge of listening to a prophetic word from God—just as hard today as it was so long ago. When God speaks to the church, it rarely comes from accepted and acceptable sources. Are we prepared to listen?

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ezekiel (Part 2)

Ezekiel has to contend with many different so-called prophets, which presented God's people with a challenge that should sound very familiar to us today: how to tune out the noise of so many competing voices and focus on what really matters. The prophet can help us address that challenge here and now.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Ezekiel (Part 3)

God lambastes the people of Judah for their idolatry. They allowed altars and high places to flourish throughout the land, but God assures them that these altars will become desolate, and the consequences of their idolatry—described vividly as bones and slain corpses—will surround these once-vibrant places of worship. When we pour ourselves into false gods, the consequences spill out all around us.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Ezekiel (Part 4)

After expending a great deal of time and energy expressing God's judgment on the people of Judah, Ezekiel finally details the actions that have led God to judge them so harshly: their love of God was empty because they failed to love their neighbor.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Ezekiel (Part 5)

The judgment of God upon the people of God is not merely the venting of anger or the doling out of punishment. God's judgment has a purpose in the life of Israel and in the life of the church today.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Ezekiel (Part 6)

God promises to come to the people as a shepherd, to gather a scattered flock. While it may be tempting to hear this as a promise to bring the people of Judah back home from their exile, it is so much more: a promise to gather together a people who are fragmented, divided, and spread out. This promise speaks to the needs of God's people today as much as it did when Ezekiel first proclaimed it.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Ezekiel (Part 7)

In the famed valley of dry bones, Ezekiel sees a vision of God's people remade, brought back from the grave. It is a vision of an impossible hope, and a promise that God can take what is dead in us and in this world and make it live again.