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Ezekiel 13:1 – 15:8 (March 30)

How is it possible that God loves the nation of Israel? In Ezekiel 15 He compares them to a useless grapevine; not really good for anything except burning in the fire.  And yet, God does love them.  He made an unconditional covenant with them that cannot be broken.

God has made a covenant with us too.  Whoever believes in Jesus Christ will not suffer condemnation.  Although Christians are assured of everlasting life because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, God the Father still disciplines those He loves (Hebrews 12:6).

For who the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son who He receives.

Israel is loved by God, but is under continual discipline because of their disobedience. Part of their problem was false prophets throughout the land.  In chapters 13 and 14 Ezekiel condemns them all — both male and female prophets.

In the church today, false prophets will creep in. The apostle Paul calls them “savage wolves” (Acts 20:29).  He says false teachers will come from within the church (just like they came from within Israel).  They will speak “perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves” (Acts 20:30).  Pastors need to be on the alert and call them out.

God loves unrepentant Israel, yet four punishments await: Sword, famine, wild beasts, and plague.

Read Ezekiel 13:1 – 15:8