NextLevel Online: Ezekiel

Session 8: Ezekiel 33-36

In this section, the predicted destruction of Jerusalem takes place. But right after this takes place, God begins to speak through Ezekiel promising to restore his people to their homeland and rebuild his temple.



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In this section, the predicted destruction of Jerusalem takes place. But right after this takes place, God begins to speak through Ezekiel promising to restore his people to their homeland and rebuild his temple.

Where the leaders of Israel, pictured as shepherds, had failed, God will succeed as a good shepherd of his people. The leaders of the people looked out for themselves. But in John 10:11 Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

God's plan for the restoration meant that they would thrive in the promised land again. Their crops would flourish and they would be safe. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and life to the full.”

God’s blessing on his people will be a marvel to anyone who passes through their territory. They will once again be a light for the nations. In John 10:16 Jesus said, “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

Though God’s discipline was painful for Israel, he restored them to the land, enabled them to build a new temple, and had peace. Through their blessings they would once again help the surrounding nations know God. Now Jesus, our good shepherd, has come. He has given us life and brought in people from all parts of the world to be part of his one flock. Out of the blessed life we have in Christ, we share the good news with the world.

Questions for Discussion/Reflection:

  • God used the destruction and rebuilding of Jerusalem to bring his people back to a peaceful relationship with him. How has God used difficulty in your life to increase your spiritual maturity and love for him?
  • How can you further be a witness to the world about the good news of Jesus?

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