This week we finish up the book of Lamentations and begin our journey through the book of Ezekiel, written by the prophet of the same name.
The name "Ezekiel" means "God will strengthen." His story is interesting as he describes his calling by God, to be a prophet, by going into a lot of detail about God riding a chariot of four wheels guided by cherubs. For the next several years, he preached alongside Jeremiah about the coming destruction of Jerusalem which he lived to witness. He was in his mid-twenties when he was exiled along with approximately 3,000 upper class Jews to Babylon after the fall of Jerusalem. There he and his wife lived in their own home and other exiles came to see his prophetic insights. Later he began to have visions of a new Temple. All total, his career as a prophet lasted for around 25 years.
Our reading this week carries through the entire first segment of this book (chapters 1-24) in which Ezekiel pronounces a judgement against Israel, then we will start heading into the second segment (chapters 25-32) in which he proclaims judgement against other nations.
Here is the schedule:
23, Sunday: Lamentations 4 - Ezekiel 2
24, Monday: Ezekiel 3-6
25, Tuesday: Ezekiel 7-10
26, Wednesday: Ezekiel 11-14
27, Thursday: Ezekiel 15-18
28, Friday: Ezekiel 19-22
29, Saturday: Ezekiel 23-26
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.