Rev. Jim Toole
Advent Sermon Series: Prepare the Way
GOD CAN DO THE UNTHINKABLE
Today we are in the middle of our Advent sermon series called Prepare the Way, where we are looking at Jesus through the O.T. Prophets. Today we are going to look at Ezekiel. I have to start out saying this is a complex book and a complex prophet, and I will only be able to scratch the surface in this sermon.
There are three primary themes in Ezekiel’s prophecy:
- Ezekiel uses incredibly vivid imagery to describe the Holiness of God, the complete otherness of God.
- Judah’s condemnation of turning their back on God.
- God’s peace will indeed return.
In Hebrew thought, Yahweh was sovereign over death and life, and Yahweh had the power to give life to anything Yahweh pleases.
God’s vision for Ezekiel starts out with a question but turns into a miracle.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God is able to do the unthinkable in our lives and in the world.
In the Old Testament the Hebrew word associated with the Spirit is RUACH. It translates as wind, breath of God or Spirit. It is used 10 times in Ezekiel 37. Ruach is used 237 times in the Old Testament to refer to the Spirit of God described as an irresistible power or force.
So your homework next week during Christmas week is to ask the Holy Spirit to do the unthinkable in your life.
Ask for the Holy Spirit!
Ask for Ruach, the breath of God and see what happens