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

Scripture Text:

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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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