OVERVIEW: Ezekiel uses shaving as another object lesson, indicating some would die by famine, some by the sword, and God would disperse some among the nations.
BIG IDEA: God judges all who disobey or rebel against him.
KEY VERSE: Ezekiel 5:8–9 (God’s judgment on Judah)
Therefore, I myself, the Sovereign Lord, am now your enemy. I will punish you publicly while all the nations watch. Because of your detestable idols, I will punish you like I have never punished anyone before or ever will again.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have invited you to be in a relationship with me, but I do not want to be one of many gods in your life. I want to be your exclusive source for hope, life, wisdom, and provision. I do not even want to be your primary God—but the one and only. But when or if you reject me, you will be humiliated. As an Israelite would have been humbled and shamed if forced to shave, you will experience similar embarrassment and judgment.
But it does not have to be this way. Step out of the path that sinner’s take. Do not sit amidst those who plan rebellion or ways to disobey. Instead, find joy and delight in me and my word. Seek me and trust me and discover all I can and want to do for you. I want to accomplish much in the world, and I am looking for faithful people to lead. Will you follow me today?
Don’t rebel or reject God or his instructions. Cling to them. Follow them wholeheartedly. Is there something God is prompting you to do or encouraging you to resist?