Rebellious Israel (Ezekiel 20:1 – 29)

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Ezekiel 20:1 – 29

1. How far back do you know your family tree? Who is your favorite ancestor?

2. What incident from your family history tells us what you would like your family name to be noted for?

3. How did your spend your last Sunday? How do you typically spend your day off?

4. What sets this chapter up as distinct from the 5 earlier ones? As similar chapters 1 and 8?

5. Imagine this unfolding revelation as a four-act play: “curtain rise” (verses 1 – 4), “act 1” (verses 5 – 9), “act 2” (verses 10 – 17), “act 3” (verses 18 – 26) and “act 4” verses 27 – 29)? What title would you give each act?

6. A full cycle of four “scenes” or seasons may been seen in all but the fourth act. What repeated pattern do you see in the first three acts?

7. When they were in Egypt (verses 5 – 9), how did God reveal Himself to Israel? How did they rebel? What display of wrath resulted? Why didn’t God destroy them there?

8. Likewise in the desert (verses 10 – 26), what did God do for Israel? How did they treat them? What was God’s response? Why did He reconsider pouring out His wrath?

9. Were the children of that desert generation any different from their parents? How did God treat them? Why?

10. What does it mean that those who keep or obey God’s laws “will live by them” (verses 11, 13, 21)? Is law-keeping a way of salvation for the lost (see Romans 10:5 and Galatians 3:12)? Or is law-keeping a way of life for the redeemed (see Exodus 19:6 and Leviticus 18:2 – 5)?

11. In practical terms,  what does it mean to “desecrate the Sabbath” (verses 13, 16, 21, 24)? What is the point of keeping the Sabbath?

12. How does this timeless revelation prove God is sovereign?

13. Why do you think God is so concerned for His name or reputation? How is God’s name dragged through the mud every time His people rebel?

14. If a later generation of believers only had stories of your experiences with God to go by, would they say your life story enhances or detracts from God’s reputation? How so?

15. Do you think God minds as much now, as He did in the Old Testament era, if we don’t keep the Sabbath holy and a s day of rest? Why or why not?

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