This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Ezekiel 48 ) while we focus in on just a few verses.
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.
As we conclude the book of Ezekiel it is fitting that the last chapters described the renewed life of Judah that all centers in the temple in Jerusalem for the “Lord is there”.
Ask the children…
After God described the territory that He had allotted for the 12 tribes, He now turns to the city. In order to demonstrate that the life of all the people in the 12 tribes is to be centered in Jerusalem, what did God do?
““These will be the exits to the city: On the north wall, which is 1 1⁄2 miles long, 31 there will be three gates, each one named after a tribe of Israel. The first will be named for Reuben, the second for Judah, and the third for Levi. 32 On the east wall, also 1 1⁄2 miles long, the gates will be named for Joseph, Benjamin, and Dan. 33 The south wall, also 1 1⁄2 miles long, will have gates named for Simeon, Issachar, and Zebulun. 34 And on the west wall, also 1 1⁄2 miles long, the gates will be named for Gad, Asher, and Naphtali.” (Ezekiel 48:30-34)
And what was the name of the city to be and what did this signify?
“And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord Is There.’” (Ezekiel 48:35)
This reminds us that our whole lives are to be centered around the Lord. He has promised to be with us always.
Ask your children if their lives are centered around the Lord? Could someone looking at their life from the outside see that? How would their lives need to change today in order to demonstrate the centrality of Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit for the power to follow through on this commitment.
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