Jerusalem, A Useless Vine (Ezekiel 15)

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Ezekiel 15

1. Have you built anything out of wood? Did it last?

2. What is the vine wood good for? Why is that so shocking? How else are God’s people like a “vine” (see Psalm 80:8 -11; Hosea 14:5 – 8) or a “peg” (see Isaiah 22:23 – 25)?

3. Though they survived the fire of 597 BC (see 2 Kings 24:10 – 17), what “fire will yet consume them”? How will this prove God is sovereign?

4. How can you keep from becoming mere firewood?

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Jerusalem’s Judgment Inescapable (Ezekiel 14:12 – 23)

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Ezekiel 14:12 – 23

1. Who is your favorite hero from modern history? Why? How are you like that person?

2. Why do you suppose God picks these three heroes from Israel’s history? What did each one do to become famous?

3. What point does God make by mentioning Noah, Job and Daniel in this context? What had the people in Jerusalem evidently thought would spare them from God’s judgment? On what similar hope did Abraham base his plea for Sodom (see Genesis 18:16 – 33)?

4. Will everyone in Jerusalem be killed? If not, where will the survivors go?

5. What will those who see them say about the mercy and justice of God’s punishment? Why? How will this object lesson prove God is the Sovereign Lord?

6. Have you ever been tempted to think that, because of family or church ties, you were right with God? What does God say about such an idea?

7. Of these three men – Daniel, Job and Noah – who seems more heroic to you? Why?

8. On what hero in the political or religious arena are you pinning your hopes? Or, are you captain of your own ship?

9. In Ezekiel chapter 14, what hope does God give you for surviving His future judgment?

Additional Comment:

Take note of verse 14 again. Here is important contemporaneous testimony to the historicity and character of Daniel, who is still living when Ezekiel wrote. It is a tribute to Daniel’s character that he, though still a young man, is linked with Job and Noah.

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Idolaters Condemned (Ezekiel 14:1 – 11)

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Ezekiel 14:1 – 11

1. Ever had a speaking part in a play? What did you like best about it? And least? Ever stumble over you lines? What happened?

2. Who comes to see Ezekiel? What do you think they want? Why is God angry with them?

3. What do you think is meant by the “idols in their hearts”? By “wicked stumbling blocks before their faces” (verses 3, 4, 7; see Ezekiel 3:20; Ezekiel 7:19)?

4. What’s so wrong with consulting the Lord’s prophet when you also worship idols (verses 4, 5, 7, 8)?

5. Why is the prophet who is consulted also liable? If God would never speak to an idolater, who then is the prophecy for?

6. What then is significant about this first warning to “Repent”?

7. What kind of idols might people have in their hearts today? What stumbling block might you be fixating upon?

8. What effect will mixed loyalties have on one’s relationship with God? What action does God want you to take in this regard?

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