Out of the Ruins
Out of the ruins of Jerusalem came a gusty preacher named Ezekiel. He was among the Jews taken to Babylon after the fall of his country. He left behind his city. He left behind his Temple. He left behind his home.
But he didn't leave his faith.
He announced it to everyone who would listen. For twenty-two years he paced the streets proclaiming both sides of the faith.
The bad side? Turn or burn. Forgive me for being so direct, but Ezekiel was.
The good side? Turn and learn. God has a great plan for his people. A great city. Justice will reign and worship will be restored. Unlike Jerusalem, God's city is eternal. Who will be in God's city? Ezekiel answers that with the final words of the book---The Lord Is There.
Out of the ruins came Ezekiel. Out of the ruins came the new hope.
Is your life in ruins? Look ahead to God's city: The Lord Is There.
ABOUT this BOOK
Date Written: c. 571 B.C.
* The righteousness of nations becomes compromised by prosperity, pride and inactivity.
* Prayer is a necessity in a nation's restoration.
* The righteous must be the watchmen of their people.
* There is a heavenly kingdom beyond our imaginations.
"I will make myself know among my people Israel, and I will not let myself be dishonored anymore. Then the NATIONS will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel" (Ezekiel 38:7-8).
I. Ezekiel's Call to Prophesy 1:1-3:27
II. God's Judgment on Judah 4:1-24:27
III. God's Judgment on Gentiles 25: 1-32:32
IV. Restoration of Israel 33:1-48:35
The Devotional Bible - Experiencing the Heart of Jesus; Max Lucado General Editor, New Century Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers