September 29, 2020

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.

Outline

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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May 28, 2015

Today you should read: Ezekiel 48

So here we are, the end of the book. It has certainly been a wild ride with some crazy visions, dreams and prophetic symbols from Ezekiel. As we close this book out we see the land being divided up between the 12 tribes of Israel, the prince and the priests. We also see instructions in building a wall and gates to enter the city of God. God had promised Abraham, a very long time before this, that his descendants would be given this very land as a possession and now God is fulfilling His promises. Abraham was long gone and anyone close to him as well. here was no one to hold God to his promise to Abraham but He did it anyway. God, in His faithfulness and trustworthiness, did what He said He would do.

In today’s world of litigation and contracts a person’s word means much less than it used to. We are taught to lie, manipulate and fudge a little, just to get ahead and look good doing it. Our kids are taught
that a little white lie or a twisting of the truth is worth it to keep up appearances. Our kids are learning these things from us. We are not being very good examples to our kids and we are clearly not living as
God would have us to live. his is a good reminder that we can trust God to do what He says and that we, too, should do the same.
Again, I hope this book has challenged you, inspired you and educated you on who God is, what He is like and how we should live

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

May 27, 2015

Today you should read: Ezekiel 47

Living water, come fill me up…

This chapter shows a very intriguing vision. It mainly consists of “water.” As odd as it may seem, this vision is packed with meaning and application for our lives. Mainly, this chapter points us to Jesus.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

The temple in this image signifies the place where God dwells among His people. The water that we see in this chapter flows from/through the temple, implying from the presence of God.

As the chapter goes on, we see this “living water” bring life. It brings life to everything around it. In verse 9, the Bible says, “…so everything will live where the river goes.” This water signified a restoration of God’s people and God’s land.

What does this mean for us? Well it points to the life-giving Spirit that we receive through Christ, which flows from and is the presence of God. We can know, that God has always set it up this way. Life and restoration comes from the presence of God. It comes from His Spirit, it comes from Christ.

Do you need restoration today? Don’t trust in anything else to give it but the presence of God. Draw near to God, through Christ, by the Holy Spirit and drink from living waters that can begin to bring restoration, growth, and fruit in the dry land of your heart.

Posted by: Sam Cirrincione

May 26, 2015

Today you should read: Ezekiel 46

Upon first reading Ezekiel 46, one might think that this chapter is quite a bore as it describes the specific ordinances and offerings of the temple. In fact, you may feel like it’s chapters like these where it’s really tough to hear from God or get anything out of it. However it is God’s Word and each word is put there for a purpose. This includes the different roles of the people who had specific instructions and duties within the temple. In this chapter you see that the people, the prince and the priest all had different entrances, rooms and obligations in the temple. Each role that one had on this chapter illustrates an even better picture of Jesus’ role as Prince/king and great high priest to His people. Just like Jesus inheritance is now ours, it is Jesus who makes himself the final sacrifice & mediator for our sins so that we can have reconciliation with God.

Hebrews 4:14-16
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need
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Posted by: Erik Koliser