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Today's Reading: Ezekiel 1
Please read Ezekiel 1 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
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The historical setting for this book is the early years of the Jewish exile in Babylon (593 - 571 B.C.). At that time, Ezekiel was living among the exiles in Babylon, having been brought there in 597 B.C. This was nine years after the arrival of Daniel and 11 years before Jerusalem was destroyed. God called Ezekiel to be a prophet during his time in captivity. His mission and message from God to the exiles in Babylon at the same time that Jeremiah was preaching in Jerusalem. Ezekiel ministered for at least 27 years of his captivity (29: 17). Judah's Babylonian captivity lasted approximately 70 years (from 605 to 538 B.C.).
Ezekiel, who had trained as a priest, received a vision from God through which God called him to prophesy. This took place in 593 B.C. over four years after his arrival in Babylon. His mission are as follows:
1. To explain the reason ofr the Jews' captivity
2. To foretell Jerusalem's destruction
3. To turn the exiled people back to God
4. To inspire hope because of God's promise of restoration.
God have Ezekiel a vivid and compelling vision of his awesome and radiant glory and holiness. The four living creatures are later identified as cherubim (10: 20). This vision would be a powerful confirmation of God's presence, even though the people were in exile and darkness.
How do you feel God's presence? When was the last time you feel God's holy and mighty presence?
My Spiritual Journal
What I got from Jesus today is: God is here!
Jesus gives me a very simple exclamation, "Father is coming, everything is alright!" That was how I got through moment of darkness and fear when I was very young. When my father came and I got no problem because I knew that he was going to fix all kinds of problems.
This is exactly the situation of the Jews and what the Jews really needed. They were in darkness and in their enemy's country as slaves. Their common feeling should be there was no presence of God. And so did Ezekiel! How important it was for Ezekiel to experience the powerful presence of God in the midst of his darkness!
Let's prepare ourselves to experience the powerful and glory presence of God each day that we can be able to get through from our inner fear and insecurity to enter into His glory to bring light to more people.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to experience your powerful and glory presence each day that we are sure that you are with us and that we can be anointed to do your Holy work. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.