Week of January 28 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: John 8:32

32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Day 1 Read: Ezekiel 13:8-11

8 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God. 9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God. 10 Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash, 11 say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out.

Reflect: What specifically has caused God to be grieved? What is the punishment? To what extent is the punishment to be carried out?

Consider: The false prophets claimed to represent God, but He did not claim them. Because of their false words and lying visions, He was against them. Ezekiel mentioned three aspects of their judgment. First, they would not belong to the council of God’s people. The false prophets had enjoyed favor among Israel’s leaders. They were in positions of influence both in Jerusalem and in the exile; but after their prophecies were proved false, they would lose this favor. Second, besides losing their places on the council, they would also not be listed in Israel’s records (i.e., their names would not be recorded in the city’s list of citizens). To be excluded from the list would deprive an individual of the rights of citizenship (cf. Ezra 2:62). These false prophets would be excommunicated from the fellowship of Israel. Third, the false prophets would never again enter the land of Israel. They would die as captives in a foreign land.[1]

Respond: Why does truth matter? What is your standard for truth in practice? Do you adhere strictly with the truth of God’s Word, or do you modify truth to meet your own needs or lifestyle?

 

[1] Charles H. Dyer, “Ezekiel,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1251.