Don’t you want to get on in the world? – Which world are you living for?

Ezekiel 30:1-31:18; Hebrews 13:1-25; Proverbs 27:23-28:6 What a contrast there is between “Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Ezekiel 31:2) and “Jesus Christ” who is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Pharaoh had the appearance of “majesty”, yet he was “brought down” (Ezekiel 31:2,18). Jesus has a glory which will never be diminished. It …

Continue reading Don’t you want to get on in the world? – Which world are you living for?

Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars for ever and ever.

Ezekiel 40:1-49  -  God was revealing Himself to Ezekiel. ‘The hand of the Lord was upon’ him. He received ‘visions of God’ (1-2). Ezekiel was not to keep this revelation to himself: ‘Tell the house of Israel everything you see’ (4). We are to learn from ‘the prophets who spoke in the Name of the …

Continue reading Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars for ever and ever.

Responding to God’s Word (23): Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.

The Lord is there (Ezekiel 48:35). As I read the final words of the book of Ezekiel, I began to think about life. Where is life leading us? Are we on our own? or Is the Lord with us, in the hard times as well as the happy times? Is there light at the end …

Continue reading Responding to God’s Word (23): Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.

The darkness of our sin is great. The bright shining light of God’s love is greater.

In Ezekiel 35, we learn that it is through His judgment as well as His salvation that we learn that the Lord is God. It is important that we remember two things - (i) God's purpose is salvation (John 3:17); (ii) His judgment comes upon us as a result of our sin (John 3:18). The …

Continue reading The darkness of our sin is great. The bright shining light of God’s love is greater.

God is calling us to look away from ourselves to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

Ezekiel 46:1-24  -  We read here about the ‘offering’ of ‘a lamb without defect’. This was to happen ‘morning by morning’ (13). From these offerings , we look on to another Offering, ‘a single Offfering’, the ‘once for all’ Offering of Jesus Christ as ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the …

Continue reading God is calling us to look away from ourselves to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

In true ministry, there is both the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

In true ministry, there is both the Word of God and the Spirit of God. God’s Word is spoken to us in the power of the Spirit, so that we might speak His Word in the power of the Spirit (Ezekiel 2:1-4). Ezekiel is described as “a watchman over the people of Israel.” He was …

Continue reading In true ministry, there is both the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

In the beginning, there is love, eternal love, the love of God.

Easter Vigil: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26; Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13; Psalm 46; Genesis 22:1-18; Psalm 16; Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21; Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18; Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12:2-6; Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6; Psalm 19; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Psalms 42 and 43; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 143; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Psalm 98; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 114; Matthew 28:1-10 In …

Continue reading In the beginning, there is love, eternal love, the love of God.

Twenty-Seventh (or last) Sunday after Pentecost (Reign of Christ the King): Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100 or Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-26; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd. God speaks to us in love. He says, ‘I Myself will be the Shepherd of My sheep’ (Ezekiel 34:15). We rejoice in His love. We say, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ (Psalm 23:1). Jesus is our Shepherd. He is ‘the good Shepherd’. …

Continue reading Twenty-Seventh (or last) Sunday after Pentecost (Reign of Christ the King): Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100 or Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-26; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

There’s a difference between what we want to hear and what God wants us to hear.

Ezekiel 14:1-15:8  -  ‘Some of the elders of Israel came to’ Ezekiel. He spoke the Word of the Lord to them: ‘Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!’ (14:1,8). This may not have been what they wanted to hear. It was what God wanted them to hear. They did not want …

Continue reading There’s a difference between what we want to hear and what God wants us to hear.

Without God’s mercy and grace, we will fall. Through His mercy and grace, we will stand.

Ezekiel 4:1-6:14; Hebrews 5:11-6:12; Proverbs 26:23-27:4 “Alas! because of all the wicked and detestable practices of the house of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine and plague” (Ezekiel 6:11). Alongside these words concerning Israel’s sin and fall, we place the solemn words of Hebrews 6:4-6, words which warn us of the danger …

Continue reading Without God’s mercy and grace, we will fall. Through His mercy and grace, we will stand.

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

Ezekiel 25:1-17  -  We read here about God’s judgment upon sinful nations - Ammon (1-7), Moab (8-11), Edom (12-14) and Philistia (15-17). God speaks to us. He says to us, ‘You will know that I am the Lord’ (5,7,11,17). He speaks to us as our Judge. He speaks to us about ‘sin, righteousness and judgment’ …

Continue reading Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

The heavens were opened and I saw visions of God (Travelling Through God’s Word: Ezekiel)

EZEKIEL 1:1-2:10  –  ‘The heavens were opened and I saw visions of God… The Word of the Lord came to Ezekiel’(1:1-2). The Lord opens our eyes to ‘see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 4:4). The Lord speaks to us and we must listen to Him: ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening’ …

Continue reading The heavens were opened and I saw visions of God (Travelling Through God’s Word: Ezekiel)

In true ministry, there is both the Word of God and the Spirit of God (Ezekiel 2-3).

In true ministry, there is both the Word of God and the Spirit of God. God’s Word is spoken to us in the power of the Spirit, so that we might speak His Word in the power of the Spirit (Ezekiel 2:1-4). Ezekiel is described as “a watchman over the people of Israel.” He was …

Continue reading In true ministry, there is both the Word of God and the Spirit of God (Ezekiel 2-3).

Looking beyond “Pharaoh, king of Egypt” to “Jesus, King of all kings” (Ezekiel 29-32).

Ezekiel 29:1-21  -  In God’s dealings with Egypt, we see both His wrath - ‘Egypt will become a desolate wasteland’ - and His mercy - ‘At the end of forty years... I will restore the fortunes of Egypt’ (9,13-14). God’s wrath is His response to Egypt’s pride - ‘Because you said, “The Nile is mine; …

Continue reading Looking beyond “Pharaoh, king of Egypt” to “Jesus, King of all kings” (Ezekiel 29-32).

For such a time as this, I will put my Spirit in you, and you shall live (Travelling through God’s Word: Esther).

"Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). Rev George Philip preached a series of sermons on 1 Samuel 1-7, with the title, "For such a time as this." This title is taken from this verse in the book of Esther. The name of God is never mentioned …

Continue reading For such a time as this, I will put my Spirit in you, and you shall live (Travelling through God’s Word: Esther).

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149 or Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

Saved by the Lord, let us go on to live for Him. ‘When I see the blood, I will pass over you... You must eat unleavened bread’ (Exodus 12:13, 20). In Exodus 12:13, we are directed beyond the Passover to Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins (John 1:29; 1 John1:7). …

Continue reading Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149 or Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

Prayer and the ministry of God’s Word

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 or Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Prayer and the ministry of God’s Word Worldly people create problems (Exodus 17:3). Moses asks, ‘What shall I do...?’ (Exodus 17:4). Indecision asks, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’ (Exodus 17:7). He gives victory (Exodus …

Continue reading Prayer and the ministry of God’s Word

Teach us, Lord, to obey Your Word. Lead us on the pathway of blessing.

Prayers based on Ezekiel 5-8 Ezekiel 5:1-6:14 ‘Because you have defiled My sanctuary... I Myself will withdraw My favour’ (Ezekiel 5:11). To those who despise Your Word and treat the place of prayer with contempt, Jesus still speaks His Word of judgment: ‘My House will be called a House of prayer, but you have made …

Continue reading Teach us, Lord, to obey Your Word. Lead us on the pathway of blessing.

Be holy in all you do, and love one another deeply, from the heart.

Ezekiel 41:1-42:20; 1 Peter 1:1-2:3; Psalm 131:1-3 Ezekiel emphasizes that the Temple was to be built according to God’s pattern. Our lives are to be lived according to God’s pattern – “Be holy in all you do”, “Love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:15,22). the instructions for the building the Temple were …

Continue reading Be holy in all you do, and love one another deeply, from the heart.

Revelation or discovery?

The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel" (Ezekiel 1:3). The word of the Lord that came to Hosea (Hosea 1:1). The word of the Lord that came to Joel (Joel 1:1). The Spirit of the Lord is on me (Luke 4:18). I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive …

Continue reading Revelation or discovery?

Special Days – Christian Unity: Ezekiel 37:15-24; Psalm 122; 1 Corinthians 3:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20

As we we come to God’s House, let us pray, “Holy Spirit, we welcome You.” It was ‘a valley of dry bones’ (Ezekiel 37:1-2). Then, the Lord changed everything - ‘I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live’ (Ezekiel 37:5). What a difference the Lord makes! ‘Breathe on me, Breath of God. …

Continue reading Special Days – Christian Unity: Ezekiel 37:15-24; Psalm 122; 1 Corinthians 3:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus Christ – the Lamb of God – has ‘offered for all time a single Sacrifice for sins’ (prayers based on Ezekiel 45 – 46).

Ezekiel 45:1-25 We read, Lord, about 'the sin offerings, cereal offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel’ (Ezekiel 45:17). We thank You that all of this points forward to the single Sacrifice for sin made by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: ‘Christ died for sins once for …

Continue reading Jesus Christ – the Lamb of God – has ‘offered for all time a single Sacrifice for sins’ (prayers based on Ezekiel 45 – 46).

Rivers Of Living Water -Flowing Into Us And Flowing Out From Us

Ezekiel 47:1-12 “ankle-deep, knee-deep, up to the waist, deep enough to swim in, a river than could not be crossed on foot” (Ezekiel 47:3-5). Jerusalem – ankle-deep, all Judaea – knee deep, Samaria – up to the waist, the ends of the earth – deep enough to swim in (Acts 1:8) Before there can be …

Continue reading Rivers Of Living Water -Flowing Into Us And Flowing Out From Us

It is only through the working of the Holy Spirit that there can be blessing among God’s people.

To the valley of dry bones, the Word of God is spoken: "I will put My Spirit in you, and you will live" (Ezekiel 37:14). It is only through the working of the Holy Spirit that there can be blessing among God's people. It is only through the Spirit's power that God's work is carried …

Continue reading It is only through the working of the Holy Spirit that there can be blessing among God’s people.

God’s Purpose, God’s Spirit, God’s Glory, God’s People, God’s Blessing

In Ezekiel 38:23, we read about God's purpose in history - "I will show My greatness and My holiness. I will reveal Myself to many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord." It is important that we see the divine dimension in the events which take place here on earth. There are …

Continue reading God’s Purpose, God’s Spirit, God’s Glory, God’s People, God’s Blessing

Lord, we look ahead to Your final victory over Satan – Help us to win others for You (prayers based on Ezekiel 38-40).

Ezekiel 38:1-23 We read, Lord, of Your judgment upon ‘Gog from the land of Magog’: ‘When Gog attacks the land of Israel, My hot anger will be aroused... I will execute judgment upon him...’ (Ezekiel 38:1,18,22). The names ‘Gog and Magog’ are also found in Revelation 20:7-10. There, we read of rebellion against You, Lord …

Continue reading Lord, we look ahead to Your final victory over Satan – Help us to win others for You (prayers based on Ezekiel 38-40).

The hand of the Lord was upon me.

Ezekiel 40:1-49; James 5:1-20; Psalm 130:1-8 The prophecy spoken by Ezekiel has its ultimate Source in God Himself – “the hand of the Lord was upon me” (Ezekiel 40:1). He goes on to describe “visions of God” (Ezekiel 40:2). To speak the Word of God faithfully requires patience. there is not always evidence of great …

Continue reading The hand of the Lord was upon me.

Thank You, Lord, for Jesus, our great Saviour.

Prayers based on Ezekiel 17-18 Ezekiel 17:1-24 To those who adopt a ‘rebellious’ attitude to You, Lord, You speak Your Word of warning - They shall ‘not escape’ Your judgment (Ezekiel 17:12,18). For those who abandon this attitude of rebellion, there is a way of salvation. We thank You, Lord, for the words of prophecy …

Continue reading Thank You, Lord, for Jesus, our great Saviour.

Lord, we come to You as sinners. May we never forget our Saviour – the Lord Jesus Christ (prayers based on Ezekiel 29-31).

Ezekiel 29:1-21 Lord, in Your dealings with Egypt, we see both Your wrath - ‘Egypt will become a desolate wasteland’ - and Your mercy - ‘At the end of forty years... I will restore the fortunes of Egypt’ (Ezekiel 29:9,13-14). Your wrath is Your response to Egypt’s pride - ‘Because you said, “The Nile is …

Continue reading Lord, we come to You as sinners. May we never forget our Saviour – the Lord Jesus Christ (prayers based on Ezekiel 29-31).

Help us, Lord, to put the past behind us and make a new beginning with You (prayers based on Ezekiel 23-24).

Ezekiel 23:1-49 ‘Because you have forgotten Me and turned your back on Me, you will be punished for all your sin’ (Ezekiel 23:35). Lord, help us not to forget You. Help us to remember You. Help us not to let Your Word ‘go in one ear and out the other’. Help us to be ‘doers …

Continue reading Help us, Lord, to put the past behind us and make a new beginning with You (prayers based on Ezekiel 23-24).

Give us faith, Lord. May Jesus be our Joy. Holy Spirit, we welcome You (prayers based on Ezekiel 35-37).

Ezekiel 35:1-15 ‘You will be desolate, O Mount Seir, you and all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the Lord’ (Ezekiel 35:15). The people of Edom knew You, Lord, as their Judge. We thank You there is a much better way of knowing You. We can know You as our Saviour. Those …

Continue reading Give us faith, Lord. May Jesus be our Joy. Holy Spirit, we welcome You (prayers based on Ezekiel 35-37).

Called Out Of Darkness Into God’s Marvellous Light (prayers based on Ezekiel 19-20)

Ezekiel 19:1-14 Lord, You look upon the sinfulness of His people - and Your heart is filled with sadness. If we truly love You, we will have great sadness when we see people turning away from You and ruining their lives. We have joy in You, Lord - ‘Rejoice in the Lord always’ (Philippians 4:4). …

Continue reading Called Out Of Darkness Into God’s Marvellous Light (prayers based on Ezekiel 19-20)

God’s great salvation

Ezekiel 38:1-39:29; James 4:1-17; Proverbs 28:7-17 God’s Word speaks of His judgment upon sin (Ezekiel 39:23-24). It also speaks of His great salvation from sin (Ezekiel 39:25-29). “Scripture says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble'” (James 4:6). God’s Word speaks of the choice placed before man – obedience or disobedience, blessing or …

Continue reading God’s great salvation