• The Lord Returns to His Temple Devotional

    Ezekiel 43:1–12

    The various elements of Ezekiel’s vision in today’s passage are not meant to be taken in an absolutely literal sense, so we are not surprised that there is no record of the glory cloud returning to the post-exilic temple. But God’s glory did return to His temple six hundred years after this vision when the incarnate Son of God came and cleansed it (Mark 11:15–20), showing the Lord’s judgment on the impenitent in the restored community and alluding to His work of cleansing us from sin. View Resource

  • Ezekiel Sees a New Temple Devotional

    Ezekiel 40

    God’s revelation is progressive. He revealed Himself slowly over time, disclosing only those truths that His people needed in each generation, saving a fuller revelation of His plan for the future when His people were ready to receive it. This culminated in Christ Jesus, and we do not expect further special revelation until His return. However, we can expect the Spirit to work in our hearts and minds to help us grow in our understanding of the revelation that we do have. View Resource

  • Gog and Magog Devotional

    Ezekiel 38

    Given the symbolism of the passage, we must see it not only as a prediction of the final battle between God and the enemies of His people but also a vision of the encounter between new covenant Israel—the church—and the Lord’s chosen. For two thousand years, God’s enemies have tried to destroy the church, only to find themselves converted to Him. When people come against the Lord, their plans will be thwarted, either in their salvation or in their defeat and destruction. View Resource

  • The Shepherd Rescues His Sheep Devotional

    Ezekiel 34:1–24

    Today’s passages contains hints of the incarnation in its description of the Lord as the shepherd of Israel and its description of David as shepherd of Israel (Ezek. 34:15, 23). Our Creator was revealing that He and David—the chosen Messiah and Son of David—would be one and the same. God Himself would come in human flesh to redeem the lost sheep of Israel. This has been accomplished in Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, who will never lead us astray as we seek to follow His Word. View Resource

  • Egypt Falls to Babylon Devotional

    Ezekiel 30

    Idolatrous pride led to Egypt’s attempt to thwart God’s will in raising up Nebuchadnezzar to discipline Judah, and our own pride can lead to us making decisions that are against the Lord’s revealed will. When this happens, we show that we have forgotten what God has done for us and how He has revealed Himself to us. It may take a great fall for us to come back to our senses. Would it not be far better to strive for humility and seek to advance the Lord’s kingdom, not our own? 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Edom’s Fall and Israel’s Rise Devotional

    Obadiah 15–21

    By His grace, God in Christ intervened in history before the final day of the Lord to save us from the Lord’s wrath to come (1 Thess. 1:10). Thus, we do not yet experience certain aspects of what Obadiah saw regarding the day of judgment. God’s people do not yet possess their full inheritance in the new heaven and earth, so we don’t possess the land of the Canaanites. But the work of Jesus has guaranteed it for us. One day, we shall rule over the whole earth, the Holy Land included. View Resource