Understanding the Scriptures
|Coasts (v. 2)||Borders|
|His blood (vv. 4–6, 8)||The responsibility|
|Pine away (v. 10)||Wasting away|
|Restore the pledge (v. 15)||Pay his debts|
|Statutes (v. 15)||Laws|
|Equal (vv. 17, 20)||Fair|
|Afore (v. 22)||Before|
|Wastes (vv. 24, 27)||Destroyed area|
|Ye eat with the blood (v. 25)||Refers to breaking the law, which said to not eat the blood of meats|
|Defile (v. 26)||Are immoral with|
|Desolate (vv. 28–29)||Empty|
|Pomp (v. 28)||Pride|
|Covetousness (v. 31)||Behavior caused by greed|
Ezekiel 33:30–32—The Way the Jews Treated Their Prophets
Having a prophet is a great blessing—but only if we obey his counsel. In these last verses of Ezekiel 33, the Lord told Ezekiel that the people talked as if they loved the prophet and were anxious to listen to him speak, but then they did not obey what the prophet taught them. The end of verse 31 sounds much like the description the Lord gave to the Prophet Joseph Smith of people in apostasy (see Joseph Smith—History 1:19).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Ezekiel 33.
Solve Problems Using the Scriptures
Ezekiel 33:1–9 explains the role and importance of a watchman. The Lord calls upon prophets, other priesthood and Church leaders, and parents to be watchmen for His people. Consider the following situations and answer the questions at the end of each according to the principles taught in Ezekiel 33:1–9:
One of the favorite activities of the youth is to watch movies on video. These videos are often below the standards of the Church. What should the parents do? The bishop? The Young Men and the Young Women presidents? The youth? Yourself?
In addition to other practice times, the soccer coach scheduled team practice every Sunday morning. He expects every player to participate. What should parents do? The bishop? The youth on the team?