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.
"Until death do us part" are some of the hardest words to utter in the marriage vows. The words stick in our throats not only because of the enduring length of the covenant implied, but also because they remind us that death will rob us of our beloved. In this chapter we see Ezekiel in a new light, not bringing God's searing (but hopeful) judgment on the people, but mourning the loss of his own wife. Ezekiel's marriage was to be a parable for the people. They too must lose their beloved temple in Jerusalem. The chapter opens with the date of the inauguration of the final siege of Jerusalem (January 15, 588 B.C.). It ends with the people being instructed how to mourn the loss of the epicenter of their faith. As always, the purpose is that "they will know that I am the LORD" (v. 27).
Reflect on the vow "until death us do part." What inner pain or loss does it bring to mind?
Pray that in both life and death, in plenty and loss, you may glorify God and seek first his kingdom.