• The Word of the Lord to the Exiles Devotional

    Ezekiel 1:1–3

    In the modern West, people are not apt to believe God is limited to one place. However, our relativistic culture has no trouble limiting the universal reign of the triune God of Israel. It is all too common to hear someone say something like “You have your god, and I have my god, and both are right.” Yet the Lord of Scripture is not just the God of one nation but of all people, even those who hate Him. We serve a sovereign God who is the great King of all creation. View Resource

  • Ezekiel’s Vision of God Devotional

    Ezekiel 1:4–28

    Although the term holy is not used in Ezekiel 1, the entire vision conveys the reality of the Lord’s transcendence, His “set-apartness” as the Creator and ruler of all. This is no God with whom we can trifle but the supreme Sovereign who is to be adored for His glory and truth. May we recall this great vision of the Lord that we might worship His majesty, rejoice in His love, and glory in His holy will as the Most High God. View Resource

  • The Scroll and the Watchman Devotional

    Ezekiel 3

    John Calvin comments: “What Ezekiel heard belongs to all teachers of the Church, namely, that they are Divinely appointed and placed as on watch-towers, that they may keep watch for the common safety of all. It was the duty of those who have been appointed from the beginning ministers of the heavenly doctrine to be watchmen.” Preachers must always preach the truth, even when it is hard for their congregations to bear. Let us pray that our preachers would be faithful to this calling. View Resource

  • The Siege of Jerusalem Symbolized Devotional

    Ezekiel 4

    Church leaders are tasked with maintaining the purity of the church in this new covenant age (1 Cor. 5). This is accomplished by the careful practice of church discipline, which must lead finally to excommunication for those who remain impenitent. The ancient Israelites and Judahites did not maintain discipline and cast idolaters out of their midst, so God judged them. Our Creator will likewise hold churches accountable that fail to discipline their members appropriately. View Resource

  • Learning God’s Lessons Devotional

    Ezekiel 6

    The returned exiles, by and large, got rid of all overt idolatry in Canaan when they came back from Babylon. However, the later prophets and the New Testament show us that they did not go far enough, and groups such as the Pharisees had a relationship with God that was merely formal and not birthed by a love for the Lord in heart, soul, mind, and strength. The results of true repentance, however, are always a true, though imperfect, love of God from one’s entire being. View Resource

  • God Leaves the Temple Devotional

    Ezekiel 10

    For those with the eyes of faith, God’s willingness to leave His temple in Jerusalem was also a positive sign. If the Lord was not limited to Mount Zion and could leave His house there, then He could go with the faithful remnant into exile and protect them. History shows us that this is exactly what God did. He was with Daniel, Ezekiel, Esther, and the other believing exiles when they were in foreign lands. Such is His grace that He never utterly abandons His true children. View Resource

  • A New Heart of Flesh Devotional

    Ezekiel 11

    Dr. R.C. Sproul has said that the biblical doctrine of salvation can be summed up effectively in three words: regeneration precedes faith. Without regeneration, we cannot trust Christ and be united to Him, and if we are not united to Christ, we cannot be justified, sanctified, and glorified. We cannot deserve regeneration, which is why we must finally attribute our salvation to God alone. Let us be grateful that the Lord has not left us to ourselves but has transformed us to believe in Him. View Resource

  • Ezekiel Condemns the False Prophets Devotional

    EZEKIEL 13

    Sometimes we become discouraged that so many wolves are working among the sheep. False teachers have always been a problem for God’s people, however, so we should expect to see theological error raise its ugly head time and again. The focus of our discouragement should be upon those church leaders who refuse to purge false teachers from our midst, and we should channel it in a positive direction by calling church leaders to maintain the gospel’s purity in our local congregations. View Resource

  • The Fruitless Vine of God Devotional

    Ezekiel 15

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “Those who are not fruitful to the glory of God’s grace will be fuel to the fire of his wrath.” We are not counted as righteous before the Lord because of our service to Him. Nevertheless, if we are not fruitful in serving Him, then we do not abide in His choice vine—the Lord Jesus Christ—whose work alone can save us. By the Spirit, we must continue to abide in Christ and bear fruit unto the Lord’s glory in the form of love for God and neighbor. View Resource

  • A Faithless Bride of God Devotional

    Ezekiel 16:1–14

    For those of us who know Christ, meditating on what the Lord has done for us is a good way to strengthen our love for the Father and His Son. We, too, were like an exposed infant left to die in our blood, but the Lord had pity on us and took us for His own. Thus, the entire Christian life should be motivated by gratitude. Even when we experience the greatest periods of want, we have more than enough to be thankful for. God in His grace has saved us, a wholly undeserving people. View Resource

  • Grace for God’s Adulterous Bride Devotional

    Ezekiel 16:15–63

    Many people think that God’s answer to sin is to keep people from committing it. On the contrary, His answer is often to give people over to it. When Israel wanted to commit spiritual adultery with other gods, God gave them over to those gods, as today’s passage indicates. His purpose, however, was restorative. He handed them over to their sin that they might learn the error of their ways. The Lord may do the same for us, but would it not be better to avoid such pain by obeying Him? View Resource

  • The Just Mercy of the Lord Devotional

    Ezekiel 18

    God does not visit the sins of our parents upon us if we repent and turn from them. That is, we only bear the wages of our parents’ sins if we make these sins our own. The Lord is pleased to show mercy to His people when they forsake their wickedness and turn to Him, so we must never think that something we or our parents have done in the past can prevent our Father from forgiving us today—if we seek Him with all of our hearts. View Resource

  • The Final Exodus Devotional

    Ezekiel 20:33–44

    God in Christ met not only Jews in the wilderness but also Gentiles (Mark 5:1–20), and as the Last Adam, He identified with Gentiles as well, bearing the Father’s wrath for Gentiles who believe. Whether we are Jews or Gentiles by birth, we can take part in the blessing of the final exodus by faith in Christ alone. The new exodus has come; now we are only waiting for God to lead us into the Promised Land—the new heaven and earth where righteousness dwells. He will be faithful to that promise. View Resource

  • The Death of Ezekiel’s Wife Devotional

    Ezekiel 24:15–27

    Today’s passage illustrates that God is working for the ultimate good of His people even in tragedy (Rom. 8:28). Sometimes, achieving those ultimate goods means suffering in the short term, but one day we will see that the suffering was worth it. The loss of Ezekiel’s wife meant some could look back after Jerusalem’s fall and see that the Lord in whose name the prophet spoke had been right all along. That would lead to them to trust Him for salvation, the greatest good for any human being. View Resource

  • The Judgment of Tyre Devotional

    Ezekiel 26

    Bible critics read Scripture superficially and find “errors” that do not reflect a fair reading of all the evidence. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Old Tyre, and it remains uninhabited. Moreover, the island city-fortress of Tyre has never been the same since Alexander’s conquest. History confirms biblical prophecy, and good apologetic resources demonstrate this. Therefore, it is a good idea for us all to own solid apologetic helps so that we may be prepared when others ask about the faith. View Resource