Today you should read: Ezekiel 1
This Old Testament book and prophet holds a special place in my heart as I remember creating a student ministry sermon series over this book for over a hundred students, with leaders/parents telling me I’m crazy, that we need to stick with series on things like dating God’s way, choosing good friends, and reaching your school sermon series. Why teach teenagers through a book in the Bible that is almost all about God’s judgment on EVERYTHING? Well, that’s exactly why, it’s the Bible and our teens need to hear about God’s judgment (along with all of the other things). And it’s why we’ll be spending the next few months going through it for Jumpstart (those students only had 6 weeks/sermons in it so they should be considered lucky).
Before we dive in, here’s a very brief outline of the book and a recap from our good ol’ buddies, the Bible Project.
1. Inaugural Vision Ezekiel 1-3
The Call of a Prophet in Declining Times
2. Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah Ezekiel 4-24
3. Oracles Against Foreign Nations Ezekiel 25-32
4. “The Vision of Dry Bones” Ezekiel 37:1-14
5. Vision of Restoration Ezekiel 33-48
One main thing to think about after reading chapter 1 of Ezekiel is how in the middle of a refugee camp, Ezekiel still recognized the glory of the Lord and will be called by the Lord. It’s a hard calling, with even harder visions that will predict God’s judgment on not only God’s own people but the entire world, but God in His judgment is truly glorious.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
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