If you knew you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do?
If you were to go to meet God right now, what do you expect (in your imagination) would happen?
Describe a time when you have just run out of time to do something.
Reading the text for the first time
Read through the context from the online blog or ask the group to tell you what the context is so far.
Break the room into three groups and give everybody a sheet of paper with ONE CHAPTER of Ezekiel 4-6 printed on it. Ask each group to read their chapter and make notes on the page. Tell them that they will have a chance to include what they’ve read in the discussion of chapter 7 later on.
Call the group back together and read the summary of chapters 4-6 on the online blog.
Read Ezekiel 7 as a whole group.
What phrases repeat throughout the chapter?
One of the phrases is “Then you will know that I am the LORD” or very similar. These appear to make up a final statement to each section of the poem. Can you see a cycle in the message?
There are three cycles of the same message. Use the table worksheet to see how the text repeats the same message three times with greater detail each time.
There is a lot of doom and woe in this passage. Are there any hints, even vaguely, of hope? (see verse 8 and ask if the NT has a new revelation for us).
Refer to the Blog if questions arise which the group is unable to work out by themselves.
How would you paraphrase the message of this chapter in one or two sentences?
What would be the message to our day and age?
What does this chapter teach us about God?
Idolatry is one side of the key to the conduct being judged here. What does idolatry look like in our day and our culture?
Look up Colossians 3:1-12 esp v 5 and see what warnings the New Testament has for those who put their trust in Christ. Which idols and sins do you need to repent of and ask God for help in?
Silver and Gold make the other side of the key to the people’s conduct. This could not save the people from judgement day and would be regarded by them as worthless when the end comes. What is it that we must put our hope and trust in? How are you going with that?