Pharaoh As A Felled Cedar Of Lebanon (Ezekiel 31)

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Ezekiel 31

1. When was the last time you were in the forest? Why were you there? How did you feel?

2. Who is the most successful person you know? What impresses you most about him or her?

3. Who does God tell Pharoah to consider (verse 3)? To what does God compare this country? How does God describe it?

4. What was the sin of the cedar? How was it punished? By whom (verse 12; see Ezekiel 30:10, 11)? What will be the impact on other trees (verses 14, 16, 17)?

5. What lesson does God want Pharoah to learn from this allegory of the cedar tree?

6. Has God ever acted in blessing or judgment in the life of someone you know? What did you learn from that experience? Can you really learn from other peoples’ mistakes, or must you make your own?

7. Everyone can’t have it “made in the shade” in Beverly Hills or Aspen. Is it always true that for one person to have abundance, others must have less?

8. If the world were a forest, how much of the water would you say you get? How much does your nation take?

9. How does God measure success? In what area of life do you feel you are “branching out”?

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A Lament For Egypt (Ezekiel 30)

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Ezekiel 30

1. Have you ever broken a bone? Did it heal, good as new?

2. Have you ever had to “break the news” to a friend? How do you approach a friend with criticism or bad news?

3. What is your favorite form of escapism? How many times a week do you have to escape reality?

4.What does the Lord say He is going to do to Egypt (verses 4)? What will be the effect on all it military allies (verses 5 and 6)?

5. Who will God use to punish Egypt (verse 10)? What kind of nation are they (verse 11)?

6. What are some of the specific things God promises to do to Egypt (verses 13 – 19)?

7. While Ezekiel chanted this lament, the Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem. Did Egypt save the day (see Jeremiah 37:6 – 8)? Does God have a “bone to pick” with Pharoah (verses 21 and 22)? Why do you think the Lord did not want the people to depend on Egypt for deliverance? Could the city be saved from God’s judgment anyway?

8. The people in Jerusalem hoped that Ezekiel was wrong about the Babylonians and that Egypt would come to their rescue. Do you find yourself waiting for someone to rescue you? How do you feel broken and helpless?

9. God has to take away Israel’s false hope before He could help them. Is God doing this in any area to you? How are you responding? Are you listening or gripping you hopes more tightly?

10. Do you know anyone with false hopes? How can you help him or her?

  • a confrontation?
  • a gentle question?
  • “break the news”?
  • say nothing and pray?

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A Prophecy Against Egypt (Ezekiel 29)

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Ezekiel 29

1. Which barnyard animal best describes this country? Which jungle animal? Is the world more like a barnyard or jungle?

2. Has a good friend ever let you down? What happened? How did it feel?

3. God depicted Tyre as a ship. How does He depict Egypt? Why is it appropriate?

4. For what two things does God punish Pharaoh (verses 3, 6 7)? How reliable was Egypt as a military ally (see 2 Kings 18:19 – 21)?

5. How will God punish Egypt? When will God regather her? How does this compare with the fate of Ammon (chapter 20:36 – 38)?

6. Why might the “horn” in verse 21 symbolize strength (see 1 Samuel 2:1; Psalm 92:10)?

7. Does God work in your life without you knowing it? On hindsight, when do you recall this happening?

8. How does God reveal His actions and plans? How can you better understand and fit in with His purposes?

9. Is it good to rely on others or is it wiser to be as independent as possible? How would you define dependence? independence? interdependence?

10. Do you thing Nebuchadnezzar attacked Tyre and Egypt out of conscious obedience to the Lord? What is significance of your answers as you consider international conflicts today?

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