How to Live as Redeemed People
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Background Passage: Ezekiel 34:1-37:28
Lesson Passage: Ezekiel 34: 2b-5; 10a, 16-24
The spring rains in
The last two afternoons thunderclouds have darkened the western sky.† Lightening streaks have appeared on the horizon, and the low rumble of thunder slowly crept closer and closer. The lightening and thunder troubled the afternoon sky for sometime, and the clouds seemed ominous.† Then, much to the delight of those who live here, the life-giving rains followed the spectacular afternoon light show.† The rains came and refreshed the earth.† Two rain storms have brought some relief to the landscape, and the sprinkler systems rested for a while.† The flowers, lawns, and trees drank in the moisture, and everything seems greener and healthier.† This natural phenomenon parallels the spiritual circumstances we find in the Prophecy of Ezekiel (See Ezekiel 34:26).
The first thirty three chapters of Ezekiel depict the dismal
moral and spiritual state of the people of God.†
The prophet filled these chapters with distressing promises of judgment because
of the horrific sins of
The message of chapters 34-37 ring with the message of Godís
merciful delight in his people.† The
religious leaders of
Outline of the Background Passage:†
I. God Will Shepherd His People (34:1-31)
Displeasure with the Shepherds of Judah (vv. 1-10): The commentators (Block,
2. God was against the shepherds (vv. 7-10).
B. God promised to shepherd his people (vv. 11-31)
1. God himself would take the place of the selfish, negligent shepherds (v. 11).
2. God promised to gather his scattered people (vv. 12-13).
3. God promised to feed and tend to his flock (vv. 14-16).
4. God promised to discern between the sheep and the goats (vv. 17-22)
5. God promised to raise up his servant David who would tend to the needs of the sheep (vv. 23-24).
6. God pledged to bless and protect his flock (vv. 25-31).
Godís Judgment on the Inhabitants of Edom (35:1-15):
promised to make
III. Godís Promise to Restore Judah to Its rightful Place of Prominence (36:1-38)
pagan nations possessed
in his holy jealousy, swore that he would bring shame upon the nations and
her sins, God will revive
poured out his fury on
2. God will gather and bless his people for the sake of his own glory (vv. 22-38).† The Lord promised to gather his people (vv. 22-24), cleanse them from their sins (v. 25), give them a new heart (v. 26), place his Spirit within them (vv. 27-28), deliver them from their uncleanness ( vv. 29-32), and reverse the desolation of the land (vv. 33-38).
Ezekiel Saw the Vision of the
A. God gave Ezekiel the great vision (vv. 1-10).
1. God showed the prophet the valley of dry bones (vv. 1-3).
2. Ezekiel preached to the dry bones, and they miraculously came to life (vv. 4-10).
interpreted the vision for the prophet (vv. 11-14).† I have heard sermons that interpreted this
vision as a picture of regeneration; however, the text clearly indicates that
this oracle referred to Godís restorative work among his ancient people.† The people of
C. God gave the analogy of the two sticks (vv. 15-28).
commanded Ezekiel to write the names of
2. God promised to make one stick of the two (vv. 18-23).
3. God would make a covenant of peace with his people and establish the Lordís servant David to rule over them (vv. 24-28).
Observations Concerning the Lesson Passage:
As I put the finishing touches on this lesson, I heard a distant thunder.† Soon the clouds gathered and the wind began to blow.† I wondered if the rain would ever come.† Finally, a shower came and refreshed the landscape.† We live in a spiritually arid land.† Lord, send the rain and revive your work in the midst of the years.