When we ignore social justice, we ignore Jesus – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 5

Anytime injustice is present in a society, it breaks God’s heart. As we learned in the previous post, injustice was quite prevalent in Israel. The people of Jerusalem had rebelled against God, some committing injustice, others ignoring the ones who committed it. To illustrate this awful rebellion, God has one more very intense story toContinue reading “When we ignore social justice, we ignore Jesus – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 5”

When God looks for one person to practice social justice, and he finds none – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 4

Preaching the content of the Gospel vs. Doing the deeds of the Gospel…which is more important? In the first post, I tried to argue that we need both. The deeds of the Gospel are many, and one important area is social justice. Some Christians teach that social justice is not necessary for the Gospel. IContinue reading “When God looks for one person to practice social justice, and he finds none – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 4”

How false worship and social injustice grieve God – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 3

As we continue studying Ezekiel 21-23, God asks Ezekiel to perform another skit to dramatize the invasion of Israel by foreign armies.  Look at Ezekiel 21, verses 18-23.  Ezekiel is to make what was probably marks in the dirt in front of his house, illustrating two roads.  Much like children would do with their toysContinue reading “How false worship and social injustice grieve God – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 3”

The Parables of the Forest Fire and Sword – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 2

When we left Ezekiel in the previous post, he was staring again. The Prophetic Stare is when God asks Ezekiel to “set his gaze” against something. Remember that Ezekiel’s Prophetic Stare has no power; it is a symbolic gesture that shines the light of God’s truth on something.  This time, as we read in EzekielContinue reading “The Parables of the Forest Fire and Sword – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 2”

Gospel and Social Justice…is it one or the other? – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 1

When my wife Michelle was running Imagine Goods, she made about 30 trips to Cambodia, primarily to work with women who were survivors of trafficking, helping them have employment as seamstresses, thus lifting them out of the precarious economic and cultural situation that initially made them vulnerable to being trafficked. Every now and then whenContinue reading “Gospel and Social Justice…is it one or the other? – Ezekiel 21-23, Part 1”

The most famous verse in the Old Testament? – Ezekiel 21-23, Preview

What do you think is the most famous verse in the Old Testament? Even though we’re studying Ezekiel, I don’t think the most famous OT verse is in Ezekiel. How about Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Or maybe all of Psalm 23, but especially its opening verse, “TheContinue reading “The most famous verse in the Old Testament? – Ezekiel 21-23, Preview”

Do our choices matter? (or is the future determined?) – Ezekiel 20, Part 4

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. In Ezekiel 20, verses 39-44, we read that Israel has a choice. They can go and serve their idols, if they wish. But they need to remember this: God’s purpose in the election of Israel will stand. A time isContinue reading “Do our choices matter? (or is the future determined?) – Ezekiel 20, Part 4”

We can always depend on God’s reputation – Ezekiel 20, Part 3

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. Do you wonder how God feels about you? Do you wonder if you’ve been so bad that God would never forgive you? How does God feel about us when we have done things that are awful, whether big or small?Continue reading “We can always depend on God’s reputation – Ezekiel 20, Part 3”

With God, the end of your story has not been written – Ezekiel 20, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. Have you ever felt like things are so bad, there’s no hope? The “story” is ending at the moment of failure, and there is no way things could possibly turn around. Life can seem like that. But with God, there’sContinue reading “With God, the end of your story has not been written – Ezekiel 20, Part 2”

God’s surprising history lesson – Ezekiel 20, Part 1

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. I want to talk with you about “teachable moments.” What are teachable moments? Teachable moments are an event or experience which gives a good opportunity to learn something about life. Now, at the this time, because Joel isn’t blogging, I’mContinue reading “God’s surprising history lesson – Ezekiel 20, Part 1”