Background: The prophet Ezekiel ministered for 22 years to the Jews who had been already taken into exile in Babylon while their brothers left behind back in Judah were still rebelling against God. Ezekiel is a man of visions and writes of the judgement that Judah will experience and also God’s promises of restoration.
Once again the Spirit takes Ezekiel in a vision to Jerusalem. This time it is not to see the destruction of Jerusalem, but the restoration of the temple. After seeing the exact measurements and layout of each room, Ezekiel sees something that causes him to fall on his face.
Ask the children…
What caused Ezekiel to fall on his face?
“Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory. 3 I fell face down on the ground.” (Ezekiel 43:2, 3)
What was Ezekiel supposed to do with this vision and how were the people to respond?
“Son of man, describe to the people of Israel the Temple I have shown you, so they will be ashamed of all their sins. Let them study its plan, 11 and they will be ashamed[a] of what they have done. Describe to them all the specifications of the Temple—including its entrances and exits—and everything else about it.” (Ezekiel 43:10, 11)
What is our response to the glory of God supposed to be? Throughout the Bible, when anyone came into God’s presence they fell on their faces and could see their sin compared to God’s glory. Even Peter, James and John on the mount of Transfiguration when they saw Christ for who He really was, fell to the ground. But now through Christ, we have become the Holy of Holies. We live in God’s glory. But have we become to familiar and callous and no long are awe inspired by the glory of God?
Ask your children what really inspires them in life? A good book, beautful scenery, music, a talk by someone, a sport’s star, etc. When was the last time that they felt inspired and awed by God’s presence and activities? Take some time to sit in God’s presence and ask Him to reinspire each of you just like He asked Ezekiel to do to the people when he shared this vision.
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