Old School - Prophets - Speaking in and Through Exile
Topic: Biblical Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1–37:28
Backdrop for the Prophets
Covenant - blessings and curses
God’s Judgment – Exile from the Land
- The promise of God
- The provision of God
- The presence of God
The Babylonian Captivity
Looking at the Exile
Why Exile? God’s Judgment
Understanding God’s Sovereignty
Daniel 2:20,21; Daniel 46,47; Daniel 4:34,35
Understanding Corporate and Individual Accountability
Ezekiel 18:1-4; 21-24
Understanding Exile as Part of God’s Mission
- For the Good of the City: Jeremiah 29:4-7
- Sojourners in Exile: Daniel and Esther
Restoration from Exile
For His Namesake and His Glory
For our LIFE and Joy
How do we live in Exile?
Repentance: Returning to God
Faith: Trusting his promises
Community Meditation Questions
- How can God’s judgment and exile end up being an act of mercy and grace?
- In hard times, do you find it difficult or comforting to believe in the Sovereignty of God? Why?
- God used exile in the Old Testament and persecution in the New Testament to scatter his people for his mission. Would you be cool if he did that with your life? Are you willing to go to or stay in hard places for gospel mission?
- God’s people had to be encouraged to move into Babylon and seek the good of that city. In what ways do we resist loving our communities? In what ways would we prefer to stay separate?
- In the exile there was a way to remain faithful to GOD yet living as part of the culture as a people of influence. Discuss how we can do so in New Jersey.
- Why is it important to know and trust the promises of God?