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Ezekiel: Street Preacher to the Exiles

Lesson 11 

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Spring 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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May 23, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Take responsibility for your actions, good and bad.

Bible Basis:

Ezekiel 18:1–9, 30–32

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Ezekiel: Street Preacher to the Exiles

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Music Video, Traditional: “The Church in the Wildwood”
Music Video, Multicultural: “My Heart Your Home” by Alton Eugene and Maverick City Music
Music Video, Contemporary: “My Heart Your Home” by Alton Eugene and Maverick City Music
Guzik’s Commentary on Ezekiel 18
Coffman’s Commentary on Ezekiel 18
Working Preacher’s Commentary on Ezekiel 18:1–4; 26–32

Memory Verse:

For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.
—Ezekiel 18:4

Step 1:

Take responsibility for your actions, good and bad.

Materials Needed:

  • None

IRRESPONSIBILITY IN SPACE
This month, China’s space agency successfully placed in orbit the first module of its new space station. However, the main rocket used to launch it was not caused to burn up in the atmosphere or controlled to splash down in the ocean, as NASA and other space agencies do. Instead, the 20-ton Chinese rocket entered orbit, which meant it would then fall to earth at some point—and in some random location, possibly on a populated area. Thankfully, it eventually splashed down in the Indian Ocean. However, “China was just playing the odds,” said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “They decided … ‘We’ll take the risk and we’ll pay compensation if it hits anything.’ ”

IRRESPONSIBILITY WITH SIN
In Ezekiel’s day, the Israelites thought they were not responsible for their own deeds. They played the odds too, hoping God would put the punishment for their sins onto the next generation, instead. God’s message for them was that He holds every person responsible for his or her own sin—and that the person who does not sin would certainly not be punished for the sins of the previous generation.

Questions

  • What’s an example of someone who hoped to escape punishment by letting the responsibility fall on others?
  • What’s the difference between taking responsibility for one’s own actions and acknowledging one’s complicity with the actions of others?
  • When have you wanted someone else to take responsibility for his or her actions or choices?

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