These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.
For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Ezekiel.
"The devil made me do it" is one extreme statement of passing responsibility to someone else. Sometimes we try to excuse ourselves by the company we keep, as Adam did long ago (Ge 3:12). Up until now the prophet has been explaining how national sin will lead to national punishment. But what about God's dealings with individuals? Do good people suffer with the bad for sins they never condoned? In this chapter Ezekiel focuses on individual responsibility.
Recall an incident when you got blamed for something done by others. What was especially difficult to accept?
Pray that you may have God's perspective when you speak to others about the judgment of God, namely that God prefers people to turn and have life, not wanting anyone to perish (2Pe 3:9).