The nation of Judah was conquered by the Babylonians. Nebuchadnezzar was king of the Babylonian empire during this time. He is known as the most powerful monarch of his dynasty. The capital city, Babylon, was the largest city in the world and was filled with magnificent architecture. Nebuchadnezzar had numerous military conquests, and he was skilled at politics. In spite of all Nebuchadnezzar’s strength, he was not able to conquer Judah on his own. The Babylonians were only successful in their attempt to defeat Judah because God allowed it. When Israel entered Palestine, they were undefeated against any enemy. When Israel forgot about their God, they became weak and vulnerable.
Review: Last week we learned about Ezekiel’s prophecy to those who were not exiled to Babylon, but remained in Jerusalem. Ezekiel’s vision revealed judgment by the sword and by fire. He then revealed the most devastating judgment that Judah had ever received.
What was the terrible news that Judah received? The glory of the Lord was going to leave the temple. God was no longer going to dwell among His people.
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37
Memory Verse: Ezekiel 37:27: “My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Family Devotion: take time to answer the Unit Review questions.
Pray: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” —2 Corinthians 5:17
- Adoration: Give praise to an almighty God who is able to make all things new.
- Confession: Confess to God the sin that keeps you from being like Jesus.
- Thanksgiving: Thank God for His plan to make new life possible for anyone who believes.
- Supplication: Ask God to teach you to become more like Jesus.
Lesson: July 19th