Ezekiel

The Whore, the Pit, the Wife Who Dies-Ezekiel 23-24

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Explain Ezekiel’s emotional state knowing that God took his wife--his joy and delight--in order to make a point to the people.

“Son of man, with one blow I will take away your dearest treasure (the delight of your eyes). Yet you must not show any sorrow at her death. Do not weep; let there be no tears. 17 Groan silently, but let there be no wailing at her grave…”  (Ezekiel 24:16-17a, NLT).

Face the Facts about Your (His)Story-Ezekiel 20-23

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How do you remember your story and your history? [Outlines below]

Always encourage. "The narrative of our church must always encourage and never discourage," say some church leaders. It sounds right. But in order to encourage those who come to church they may bend the facts and spin the story a particular way. They fudge, embellish or even fabricate the facts to make their church look good and holy and worthy, as this is surely what Jesus would want them to be. In time the church members believes this "positive encouraging" story of their church history, though the reality and the stuff that happens betray this nice clean story. You may ask, "How can a holy Christian church do this? Isn't this deception?" Interestingly, Israel remembers their own story and history with a positive encouraging spin, which makes them the good guys, but which betrays the truth of what the reality is.

Face the Facts, Listen to the Truth-Ezekiel 15-19

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Why is it important that you face the facts about yourself?

You did not remember, yet I will remember: "...you did not remember the days of your youth..." (Eze 16:22, 43) "Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth... Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed... So I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the Lord. Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign Lord" (Eze 16:60-63)

After listening to Tony Evans, a friend was encouraged to ask me three questions. 1. What am I good at? 2. What is holding me back from growing? 3. What are the blind spots in my life? I answered, 1. You have zeal, passion and enthusiasm to serve others. 2. I don't think there is much that holds you back. 3. Perhaps you may need to hold back at times. He is a genuine person because he wants to face the facts about himself.

You Are Always Responsible-Ezekiel 18

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Big Idea: Only the wicked (the one who sins) dies (Eze 18:4, 20).

The Problem: The two fundamental fallen human tendencies / default is to (1) blame someone else and (2) blame God -- so that you DO NOT need to take personal responsibility for any sins committed.

Key Question: Why does blaming others (and God) prevent us from experiencing peace and joy?

"For everyone (all souls) belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one (soul/person) who sins is the one who will die" (Eze 18:4). "The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them" (Eze 18:20).

You Trusted in Your Beauty-Ezekiel 16

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Big idea: God--in his grace and generosity--blesses you with every possible blessing under heaven, but you use and abuse his blessing for yourself like a brazen prostitute!

"But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore..." (Eze 16:15, ESV). “You did not remember the days of your youth” (Eze 16:22, 43).

In Ezekiel 16 God addresses the (false) assumption among God's people that that they are good and better than others, and therefore should not be judged or critiqued.

* When others see your beauty do they lust after your beauty or do they see the God and Giver of your beauty?