Ezekiel Chapter 19

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Ezekiel 19

1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.

9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.

11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

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  1. 10. Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. 11. And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches. 12. But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them. 13. And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground. 14. And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation. Plucked Up in Fury !

  2. 10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.

    11 And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

    12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

    13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

    14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a scepter to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

    Lamentation = the passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping.
    It is time to cry for the mother did not do a great job training her children, and their actions have affected the whole city. Now lamentation is all they have left. Grief and sorrow, for what they used to be and no longer is. They have no choice, they can not go back to how it used to be, for they have been replanted else where. The ground is not fertile, but dry, and they have to live with it for it is the consequences of their action. As I read this I am reminded of that saying “If God brought you to it, He will take you through it”; but if you brought yourself to it, guess what, you are going to pay the consequences and go through it all by yourselves. May the Blood of Jesus cover us and keep us in reverence by His precious feet.

  3. 6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

    8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.

    9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

    When you get tired of being devoured, throw the devourer into a pit where he belongs; take your problem before the King and He will silence the mouth of the wicked one.

  4. A dry and thirsty ground… As Pastor stated yesterday, Lord, please search me, change me to keep me from being placed in a dry and thirsty land. I want to keep strong men on all sides of me to warn me and pull me safe if I start to fall or wander.

    Thank you Jesus for your powerful words of warning.

  5. Use it or Lose it

    Ezekiel 19:10-12
    Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters:she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
    And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bore rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.
    But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit:her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

    The mother Jerusalem was a strong city. Within it were all of the things needed to make it a beacon of hope for the entire world. The temple of almighty God where the shekinah glory came down sat atop of mount moriah hear at Jerusalem.

    However the people, the lions, the kings misused the gift that was given.

    Last nights message could be summed up in one phrase.
    “USE IT OR LOSE IT!”

    God provides for us EVERYTHING we need in the house. Every Sunday school teacher, bus driver, van driver, out reach participant, clean up staff, and on is already in the church right now. Sadly there are some who have not accepted the place God wants them to be so the position stays vacant. However if the talents God has given are not used they will be given to another.

    Matthew 25:24-28
    Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed:
    And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth:lo, there thou hast that is thine.
    — His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed:
    Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
    Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

    The widow woman had everything she needed for a miracle, and the oil and flour kept coming!

    The apostles exemplified the best attitude to see the kingdom established further.

    Acts 2:44-47
    And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
    And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
    And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
    Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

    God promises us if we will do right with what he has given us there is a greater blessing coming.

    Matthew 25:21
    — His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant:thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

  6. 3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

    THE TRAINING OF THE YOUNG LION

    The mother lion trained her young whelp to devour men. When one was taken away she trained another.
    We must be careful of the enemy and what he will do to us if we become weak. Help me God understand how important it is for me to be strong. Where I can be a blessing to my family, my church and reach my neighbor.
    There will always be another obstacle in my way and I must have the ability to fight!!

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    3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

    When animals such as lions lose their fear of men, they must be killed else they will start killing men. The following insert is from history.

    In March 1898 the British started building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya. The project was led by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson. During the next nine months of construction, two maneless male Tsavo lions stalked the campsite, dragging Indian workers from their tents at night and devouring them. Crews tried to scare off the lions and built campfires and bomas of thorn fences around their camp for protection to keep the man-eaters out, to no avail; the lions crawled through the thorn fences. After the new attacks, hundreds of workers fled from Tsavo, halting construction on the bridge. Patterson set traps and tried several times to ambush the lions at night from a tree. After repeated unsuccessful endeavours, he shot the first lion on 9 December 1898. Twenty days later, the second lion was found and killed. The first lion killed measured nine feet, eight inches (3 m) from nose to tip of tail. It took eight men to carry the carcass back to camp. The construction crew returned and completed the bridge in February 1899. The exact number of people killed by the lions is unclear. Patterson gave several figures, overall claiming that there were 135 victims.

    These lions had to be killed because they had lost their fear of man and the same is true of the people of God, when we lose our fear of God, we have to be judged else our destructive ways would destroy the church.

  8. 5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

    There is always another adversary for the people of God. Sometimes we get so caught up in a victory dance that we forget that we are still in the fight. Don’t get me wrong we are suppose to rejoice, as Paul said again i say rejoice, but Paul kept one eye on the enemy all the time. I heard it last week at Store Conference… Paul didn’t say i danced a good dance or I sang a good song…. He said I fought a good fight. This lets me know that there was something, some kind of opposition for him always. Be sure that when the Lions start coming there are probably more than one.

    I got a revelation last night of where we are in the church. When Elder Tallent had Pastor in the front of him and the other Elders all around him, God spoke to me.
    He said the safest spot for someone is right in the middle of the church.
    The fringes are the dangerous parts. We as a family never thought about leaving the church because we invited right into the middle when we first came. We had people all around us treating us like family and we could tell that they truly cared. We have got to get our new friends to the middle. Don’t let them be on the fringes where any young lion could come in and easily devour them Lets protect our babies.

  9. 1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

    The word lamentation means, the passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping.

    We need to have a lamentation moment for our city, country,and the world. God has chosen us to be the vessels to be used to take this Gospel out into the field. People are ready ,you just have to ask. Ipray that we would get a fresh renewing of the passion for our city. Pray.

  10. THE FRUIT OF REBELLION

    10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
    11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.
    12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.
    13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

    What is it in the hearts of people that make us feel that we can do what we want, when we want, how we want with no regard to authority or prior commitments? The spirit of PRIDE lures us into believing that we are being wronged somewhere, someway and we set out to PROVE our point; failing to calculate the cost or consider the end result of our selfish actions.

    When FLESH rules our thoughts and decisions we make unrealistic demands on others and choices for ourselves that are questionable and selfish.

    In our text we have witnessed Israel go from the powerful LION of the tribe of Judah to this dried up twig in the middle of the desert. ALL because of REBELLION!

    ***Is it really worth your destiny, dream and calling to live in REBELLION to prove your point?

    PRAY through your troubles, PRAY for those that trouble you.

    REBELLION is destroying you as it lures you to the wilderness as you become a dried up prune twig with no joy, no life, very brittle and fragile.

    AMP
    10 Your mother [the mother-city Jerusalem] was like a vine [like you, Zedekiah, and in your blood] planted by the waters; it was fruitful and full of branches by reason of abundant water.
    11 And it had strong rods for the scepters of those who bore rule and its height was exalted among the thick branches and into the clouds, and it was seen in its height among the multitude of its branches and was conspicuous.
    12 But the vine was plucked up in God’s wrath [by His agent the Babylonian king] and it was cast down to the ground; the east wind dried up its fruit; its strong rods were broken off and withered; the fire [of God’s judgment] consumed them.
    13 And now it is transplanted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty land [Babylon].

    I urge us today to choose SUBMISSION and repent of rebellion…

    *** You will soon find yourself in a very dry land, lifeless and fruitless if you refuse to repent.

    THE FRUIT OF REBELLION is a brittle, fragile, dried up used to be, could have been on the backside of nowhere with nothing.

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  11. Lions have a natural instinct to kill its prey but they have to get up close to do it. Man has weapons that can kill the lion from a long distance. We must not let the lion ( our troubles ) get close enough to us to destroy us. God has gave us weapons to use against him before he ever gets close enough to do us harm ( prayer, fasting,God’s word, the wisdom of the pastor warning us ahead of time ). All of these we can use and not be caught and destroyed by the devil . He has no power against us unless we don’t use the weapon that has been given us .

  12. 7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

    8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.

    9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

    The bible tells us to watch and pray. The enemy is trying to devise a plan to capture and subdue you. He is always lying in wait to ambush you when you least expect it. When an enemy is planning an ambush, the object is to get you to go where they have the trap setup at. We know when we are traveling down an unquestionable path, but we still take it anyway knowing that the enemy has a trap ahead.

    The devil doesn’t want your roar (praise) to be heard. He will do anything he can to shut you up. When we praise, like a lions roar, it detours any enemy that may feel bold enough to launch an attack. However, if the devil can keep you silent, take away your roar, then he knows he has taken your power. Don’t allow the enemy to keep you silent, but roar with a voice of triumph.

  13. 2kings 22 says Josiah did that was right in the eyes of The Lord. The fault of Josiah was that his end did not match his beginning. In the end he disobeyed the command. Here in this chapter we see two kings that would follow Josiah’s action (lions) that both failed to produce obedience. In their disobedience Gods people would suffer.

    So, my question after reading this was God what can I learn from this?

    As a parent, teacher, and leader it does not matter how great my beginning was if my end is not great. I can raise great children, bring thousands to God, and teach hundreds of Bible studies but if I fail to maintain my integrity, maintain my relationship with God, and obey His every Word. I can still find myself missing out on the ultimate goal, Heaven. Also, at that every moment I disobey those that are watching me, being lead by me, and I have invested into could be pursaded by my actions.

    Saints, we must remember that our greatest investment is not just in ourselves and our children but it is also in the people we have the opportunity to lead to Christ.

    Yesterday pastor taught a great message on iPray… to know Him. God open my eyes to see that as I know Him, I show Him. Meaning, me knowing Him or being in relationship with Him hides me in Him and when I talk to others they see Him and not me. For I have short comings and failures but He is perfect love, He is kind, and He is what they need.

  14. 5 “When the lioness saw that her hopes for him were gone, she took another of her cubs and taught him to be a strong young lion. (NLT)

    Trials will always come our way, one after another, the enemy will continue to try and bring us down. We must stay strong and have a sure foundation in God and His word.

  15. Ezekiel 10-14 Jerusalem was a vine, flourishing and fruitful. This vine is now destroyed, though not plucked up by the roots. She has by wickedness made herself like tinder to the sparks of God’s wrath, so that her own branches serve as fuel to burn her. Blessed be God, one Branch of the vine here alluded to, is not only become a strong rod for the sceptre
    of those that rule, but is Himself the true and living vine. This shall be for a rejoicing to all the chosen people of God throughout all generations.

  16. 10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. 11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches. 12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them. 13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground. 14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

    It is truly a sad day when a vine (soul) that has been rooted, grows and flourishes (once on fire and full of the Holy Ghost) is pluck up and now there is no life left (caught up in sin and carnality). Once a vine that provided nourishment and life to not only itself, and family, but others around it, and now there is no life at all. It has become cold, dry and only a stick, where once there was evidence of fruit.

    God help us to continually monitor the condition of our soul so that we don’t awaken one day and find ourselves in this same situation.

  17. 7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

    A lions roar can be heard up to five miles away. It’s one of the loudest noises an animal can make. Sounds like it would be a very intimidating noise! The lion is used through out scripture to give illustration to men, the devil, and even God. The lion here had become known for its destruction that hearts failed and fled at just the sound of it’s coming. Mankind may attack each other and use intimidation and other means but we also have an adversary who tries to attack us as a lion.

    1 Peter 5:8
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

    If he can strike fear into our hearts then he will begin to devour us.

    2 Timothy 1:7
    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    Our trust in God will give us peace. It’s comforting to know that even though satan tries to intimidate us as a roaring lion our God is also a lion. One with more than just a roar but power!

    Revelation 5:5
    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

    James 2:19
    Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:the devils also believe, and tremble.

  18. 5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.
    6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

    Not a one of us is so important that God HAS to use us. None of us are so important that we too cannot be replaced. I am ever so greatful that I have the oppertunity and privilage to get to serve and be a part of such a great move of God as is happening here at the POFW…

  19. SANTO SANTO SANTO!!!
    7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring
    HALELUJAH!!!
    he knew their desolate palaces, leads me to believe that he had some form of relationship with the whole city or he studied the city very closely, so close that he was able to destroy the city!!! WHO DO WE SURROUND OURSELVES WITH!?!

    by the noise of his roaring…..
    Ezekiel 19:7 NIVNew International VersionHe broke down their strongholds and devastated their towns. The land and all who were in it were terrified by his roaring.
    HALELUJAH!!! POFW ITS TIME TO ROAR LIKE NEVER BEFORE!!! WE MUST TAKE THIS CITY BY FORCE!!! JESUS!!! WE AT POFW LOVE JESUS!!! I LOVE AND NEED JESUS!!! thank YOU JESUS!!!

  20. 10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.

    11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

    12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

    13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

    14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

  21. we are going to face trails and if we fail that trail we are going to go thru it again. How many times does God have to ask or tell us to quit doing sin and turn our lives back to him? I don’t want to be the person that has to be told over and over again to do what is right. I don’t want to be in a dry and thristy state/land. I want to do what The Lord wants me to do. Its time to man/woman up and start doing what we are called to do.

  22. 9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

    In this chapter again we see a recap of what has happened to Israel as a result of her rebellion. As I was reading this verse 9 stood out once again and it remembered me how for several chapters the Lord himself called the king of Babylon, His servant. I can only think just like he uses the people of this world to bless us (…shall men give into your bosom, Luke 6:38) the same way the Lord uses people and situations allowed to correct, chastise, and curse. When pride comes into someone’s life they loose their perception of things, they’ve lost “focus” and started looking at “i” Then they think the devil is out to get me all this things going wrong, my boss is harassing me, finances are gone.. and somehow because of their rebellion and being stuck in pr”i”de they still believe that they are r”ight and doing the will of God. All this things going wrong, I must be doing something right, but in reality it has been the Lord trying to get the attention and correct; trying to say you are in a dry desolate place. I’m reminded of bro Bower’s teaching last wednesday to stop looking down at our shoes and only see what is going around us and look up and out, that we can get the big picture of where we really are at and what is going. Its time to analyze and get the warnings from the Lord and get things right with Him. Repent, Obey, work, and give and we will cause servant of the Lord, Men, to bless us…

  23. This chapter illustrates forsaken. The source (Jesus) of their power was forsaken. One would be unwise to forsake the source (Jesus) of one’s power; “He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  24. Troubles will come and thats a fact but its those troubles that God wants us to push through, we must go through in order to get to the other side. At first glance, my lions look huge but the more i pray and believe that God is in the middle, the lions began to look like cubs.it took awhile but im beginning to realize that i have the power to take the lion down before it has a negative affect on my soul. Prayer works when you believe

  25. In this scripture, what I noticed was the two lion sons. Being the reference of lions, I immediately thought of was our Lord the Lion of Judah. The first son of course being Adam, then the second being Jesus. In this, the branches and fruit reference, led me to think upon Jesus the root of Jesse, and being the true vine. How the second lion was the greater, and how his roar was heard, and the only way to silence his roar was to take him to a king. There are further references to the vine, blood, waters, and you know what that is! The crucification of Christ Jesus, and

    He was heard no more, but our Jesus Christ is still being heard today. If, you listen, Our God Lives……………….

    “Be Strong, Keep the Faith”………………………………………….

  26. We can’t let our fire burn hot because if that were to happen than our passion would be lost and we would have no drive to serve and worship Him!
    Lord fill me with a new fresh fire!

  27. 13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

    I want to be planted in a fertile place beside the river the flows from God’s presence.

    Psam 1:3 He is like a tree planted by flowing streams; it yields its fruit at the proper time, and its leaves never fall off. He succeeds in everything he attempts.

  28. 11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

  29. This chapter made me think about staying fruitful and on fire for God. I don’t want to wither and let my fruit be dried out/devoured. We cannot allow anything or anyone to take our joy, our praise or be moved. Stand firm in Jesus and stay fruitful.

  30. A place to not be

    13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

    When we are in captivity (livings in sin or under the influence of sin) our soul gets really thirsty for the waters of the Spirit. We find ourselves in dry ground. Repentance and grace is needed to let the rains of heaven fall on us.

  31. Who has you bound?
    4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.
    In the scriptures it sad to see how many times at the everybody reagig

  32. Influence

    2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

    Who is influencing us and who are we being an influencer to? Influence is nourishment, it shapes the growth and direction of something. Our lives provide a conduit for influence, in and out, and we must examine what is nurturing us and what in turn we are giving to others. We are responsible to not only guard our heart but we must guard the hearts of those around us as it is in our power to do so. God desires the throne of our heart and as we submit to His influence, we can see the fruit of it begin to blossom in our lives and even flow to those we influence. When we have that right flow established, we can become true leaders in the kingdom and let His light shine.

    Proverbs 4:23
    Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

    Colossians 3:3
    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

  33. As Christians we should be fruitful vines not dried up and dead. We must keep the fire of the Holy Ghost burning in our lives so the cares and lure of this present world does not destroy us.

  34. The official language of mourning, laments were eulogies or songs that were sung for those who had died. Offical mourners sang laments during the grieving time, both before the burial and at the burial. Laments were also songs used to express grief over national sin and rebellion against God. Hence, pulling the hair out of their beards, dressing in sackcloth, and putting ashes on their head. These were all physical signs of the grieving they were supposedly doing on the inside spiritually. They physically slaughtered livestock in offering and attonement of sin yearly. They also physically worshiped false idols of wood. They are propelled by what they see and feel. He had to reach Israel on the level they were on spiritually, the same way sunday school teachers have to teach in a way a child would understand, the same way Jesus spoke in parabes to relate things His children understood physically to link them with spiritual principles. They have not yet heard from the Messiah Jesus who would die for their sins, becoming the lamb slain, to redeem. They didn’t have the gift of the Holy Ghost, God is Spirit then and know but they didn’t have this luxuries we have today when we travail in the Spirit.

    Ezekiel’s words, which he specifically identifies as a lament and states are to be used as such, mourn for Israel’s princes. The lioness and cub imagery in the first half here, as well as the vine imagery in latter verses, demonstrate the foolhardiness of trusting in the kings of Israel, who only lead the people further into wickedness and closer to final judgment. Therefore, the only response can be to mourn the kings who bring Israel down. Today we pray for those who don’t fully know God, to recieve revelation of who He is, His name, to repent of a sinful life. Cry out to God and travail for those who are dying physically for healing virtue. Lament in the Spirit. Travail daughter of Zion.

  35. Here’s another way to put it: Your mother was like a vine in a vineyard, transplanted alongside streams of water, Luxurious in branches and grapes because of the ample water. It grew sturdy branches fit to be carved into a royal scepter. It grew high, reaching into the clouds. Its branches filled the horizon, and everyone could see it. Then it was ripped up in a rage and thrown to the ground. The hot east wind shriveled it up and stripped its fruit. The sturdy branches dried out, fit for nothing but kindling. Now it’s a stick stuck out in the desert, a bare stick in a desert of death, Good for nothing but making fires, campfires in the desert. Not a hint now of those sturdy branches fit for use as a royal scepter! (This is a sad song, a text for singing the blues.) (Ezekiel 19:10-14 MSG)

    It’s sad to think many of those people feel this way after they have left…I’m not good enough an I never will be… What can we do as a church to keep the young from going astray and too ashamed to come back?

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