Understanding the Scriptures
|Mighty hand, stretched out arm (vv. 33–34)||Symbols of power|
|Purge (v. 38)||Clean|
|Sojourn (v. 38)||Live somewhere that is not your real home|
|Oblations (v. 40)||Sacrifices|
|Lothe (v. 43)||Hate|
Ezekiel 20:37—“I Will Cause You to Pass under the Rod”
The rod in Ezekiel 20:37 is the shepherd’s staff. To “pass under the rod” refers to coming under the care of the Shepherd, or as it says in Ezekiel, “into the bond of the covenant.” Some have suggested that passing under the rod might also have reference to the way shepherds tithed their sheep, marking each tenth one with a rod and dedicating it to the Lord.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Ezekiel 19–20.
Summarize Using Key Ideas
Ezekiel 20:33–44 tells that the Lord will gather Israel and that they will turn their hearts to Him. Explain the message of these verses by describing the following key ideas in your own words: mighty hand (v. 33); gather (v. 34); face to face (v. 35); pollute (v. 39); mine holy mountain (v. 40); sanctified (v. 41); remember (v. 43); know (vv. 38, 42, 44).