This week's reading moves through the final chapter of Jeremiah, through the entire book of Lamentations and gets us almost halfway through the book of Ezekiel.
The name "Ezekiel" means "God will strengthen." His story is interesting. He describes his calling by God to be a prophet, 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 about 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 us almost all the way through the entire first segment of Ezekiel (chapters 1-24) in which Ezekiel pronounces a judgement against Israel.
Here is the schedule:
22, Sunday: Jeremiah 5 - Lamentations 3
23, Monday: Lamentations 4 - Ezekiel 2
24, Tuesday: Ezekiel 3-6
25, Wednesday: Ezekiel 7-10
26, Thursday: Ezekiel 11-14
27, Friday: Ezekiel 15-18
28, Saturday: Ezekiel 19-22
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.