A Prophecy Against Edom (Ezekiel 35)

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Ezekiel 35

  1. Is there a certain sports team or politician you really dislike? What do you feel when they lose?

2. Were you every envious of anyone when you were you were young? Who? Why?

3. What does the capital Mount Seir represent (verses 2, 3, 7, 8, 15)?

4. Who were the Edomites (Genesis 36:6 – 9)? How far back does their ancient hostility go (see Genesis 25:19 – 34, Esau is also called Edom; Obadiah 11 – 14)?

5. Why is God angry with the way Edom responded to Israel’s calamity (verses 5, 6, 10 – 13, 15)? What will the Lord do to them?

6. What will be the effect on the people Edom and of Israel when they see the Lord’s punishment (verses 4 and 15)?

7. Why do you think it was wrong for Edom to rejoice when God punished Israel? When has someone laughed when you were crying?

8. What is your attitude when you see nasty people get what they deserve? What should it be?

9. Once again, two different groups of people will know the Lord in two different ways. What kind of person do you need to be to know the Lord in the good sense?

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The LORD Will Be Israel’s Shepherd (Ezekiel 34)

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Ezekiel 34

1. Have you ever taken a bunch of kids to a zoo, fair, circus or similar place? What happened? Did anyone get lost? Was it a restful experiences?

2. When was the last time you saw a sheep? Was it cute and cuddly or dirty and stupid? Was it by itself or in a flock?

3. What were the shepherds doing (verses 2 and 3)? Five different groups of sheep are mentioned? What care was needed by each?

4. What has happened to the sheep because of the bad shepherds (verses 5 – 8)? What will God do to the shepherds for this malpractice (verse 10)?

5. What will God Himself do for the sheep (verses 11 – 16)? What will God do for those who have been scattered? How will God provide food and shelter for them?

6. After God rounds up the flock, what groups will be found among them (verses 16 – 22)? How do the sheep treat one another? How will God treat each group? Who will be as a shepherd over them (verses 23 and 24)?

7. What will God do to the land on which He pastures His flock? How will this affect the sheep (verses 25 – 31)

8. In the allegory of the sheep:

  • Who are the sheep?
  • The shepherds?
  •  What is God promising to do?
  • Who is the coming Shepherd?

9. In this parable, what do you learn about the mission of Jesus?

10. What kind of sheep are you?

  • Weak?
  • Sick?
  •  injured?
  • Lost?

11. In reference to Question #10, does it feel like God is taking care of you?

12. The word “pastor” literally means “a shepherd”. Are you getting good shepherding? Do you follow where your shepherd leads you or are you always running away? Are you growing in your ability to shepherd others?

 13. What sorts of sheep come to your church? Tramplers? Drinkers? Muddy? Lean? Fat? How can you treat each other better?

14. Do you feel sufficiently herded or does it seem you do all the herding?

Jerusalem’s Fall Explained (Ezekiel 33:21 – 33)

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Ezekiel 33:21 – 33

It is evidently some six months before one of the survivors of the Jerusalem slaughter finally makes his way to the prophet Ezekiel in Babylonia. Ezekiel gets a few hours’ advance warning of Jerusalem’s fall, when on the evening before the messenger’s arrival, Ezekiel is suddenly unable to speak. Undoubtedly, he recalls the day of the siege against Jerusalem began – the day of his wife’s death.

Take note also of verse 32. Ezekiel’s popularity soared after Jerusalem’s fall. His warnings had all come true. Even so, his audience listened just for entertainment, as they would to music. God reminds Ezekiel that the true purpose of prophecy is to change people’s lives, not to draw a crowd.

1. What part of the body best describes you? Why?

2. What news comes from Jerusalem’s How many years had Ezekiel waited for this (compare chapter 1:2 with chapter 33:21)?

3. Why was Ezekiel unable to speak (chapter 3:26, 27; chapter 24:27)?

4. What false hope did the Jerusalemites entertain in comparing themselves to Abraham (verse 24)? Why wouldn’t they possess the land (verses 25 and 26)?

5. What three groups remained in the Jerusalem area (verse 27)? What will the effect be on those who witness the desolation (verse 29)?

6. Did the exiles take Ezekiel seriously (verses 30 – 32)? If they were no more serious than those in Jerusalem, why was their fate so different?

7. Are you, like the Israelites, ever tempted to think you can get God’s blessing without obeying His commands? Does God require obedience?

8. The exiles liked to listen to Ezekiel but didn’t do what he said. What does Jesus say about such people (see Matthew 7:24 – 27)? How would you describe yourself? All listen but no action? A procrastinating doer? Easier said than done? Not even a listener?

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