You Can Dwell Above the Ruins

In Ezekiel’s first vision, God gave him a glimpse of the heavenly throne.  To Ezekiel, “the sky spreading out above them looked as though it were made of crystal; it was inexpressibly beautiful” (1: 22). Imagine the vast sky sparkling like crystals. We’ve seen the glory of God in the sunrise. We’ve seen a holy... Continue Reading →

From Ruins to Restoration

Read the books of the major and minor prophets and you will witness God lashing out judgment after judgment. There is no escape from the pricking expressions of His anger against the ghastly sins.  Yet, at the pinnacle of His anger, we find grace, love and mercy. God told Hosea, “I will cure you of... Continue Reading →

Reflection

This week, we saw how Ezekiel exposed the power of God as He worked in the ruins. Sometimes, the words were harsh, seemingly cruel. However, God wanted to make very bold on the banner, the ugliness of sin. And, isn't Ezekiel extremely bold in his declaration? God also wanted to make bright his offer of... Continue Reading →

The Man in Linen Clothing

I never realized how much “linen” was mentioned in the Bible until I started my study on the book of Ezekiel. In a few places of the account, Ezekiel mentions “the man in linen clothing.” Not having the background knowledge of linen, it made no sense to me. And it just may make no sense... Continue Reading →

God of Dead Bones

When I think of a graveyard, finality, silence, ghosts, captivity, sadness, as well as ruins come to my mind. In this context, it is so easy to draw a parallel between the ruins in our lives and the graveyard. For right at the door of ruin, death lurks. Right in the heart of ruin, there... Continue Reading →

When Walls Come Tumbling Down

  People build walls because, they seek protection or privacy, they need a sanctuary or secrecy, and because they want to establish borders.  However, when God calls for the ruins, no wall can save us. In Ezekiel’s days, there were some false prophets telling the people to build walls, not so much literal walls, but... Continue Reading →

Ruins of All Ruins

God created our world to be a beautiful place. In the Genesis of human existence, Moses gave us a meager but satisfactory picture of the loveliness God lavished upon this world during those six days of creation. In our everyday experiences and travels, we get to see glimpses of God’s glory in the sunrise. We... Continue Reading →

Our Worth and Our Unworthiness

Everything on earth regarding humanity, every struggle, every desire, every relationship, everything about us, every job, every friendship relates to one underlying motive…finding our worth. We know, even though some won’t admit it, we know our unworthiness. The Word declares that “we are born in sin and shapen in iniquity…all our righteousness are like filthy... Continue Reading →

God is Negotiable

It seems hard to believe that the omnipotent God is negotiable but Ezekiel proved that He is. In chapter 4, God said this to Ezekiel, “Each day take flour from the barrel and prepare it as you would barley cakes. While all the people are watching, bake it over a fire, using dried human dung... Continue Reading →

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