Where is God Now?

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Where is God Now?
Text: Ezekiel 1:1-28
Occasion: General
Audience: Adults
Theological Tradition: General
Topic: Immanence, Sacred
Author: Edwin Weaver


Direction

God doesn't need a sacred place, he makes the place, and us, sacred.

How to Get There

  • God was with Adam and Eve in the garden, then with the Nomads in a tent in the desert, then with the people in the temple when they settled down.
  • We all have sacred places that are special to us, where we have felt God to be near and the world made sense, things fit.
  • But when we don't have those special spots or times we get discouraged.
  • Ezekiel was in exile, far from all sacred spots of his people.
  • He went out to pray, and God met him with images that said "I am still king of it all."
  • The creature image are picture of God in kingly language, the kings of all the types of beasts. The wheel is all seeing and omnipresent.
  • Ezekiel is not abandoned, he is met in exile by God. God goes with us wherever we go.
  • Jesus continues this, tabernacling himself with us (John 1:14), and staying with us (Matthew 28:20).
  • Jesus is the place where things make sense and we can have our holy place. Nothing can separate us from God.
  • Jesus is always with us, like God was for Ezekiel. And God can take any place we're in and make it sacred and special.

Things to Watch For

This is an introductory sermon for the book of Ezekiel, which is a book that relatively few Christians read. Be careful that you have a good understanding about the role of ancient prophets and that your people understand it was more than telling the future.

We also need to be careful to include modern illustrations of both high places (camps. retreats, Church, etc) and low points where you feel alone (school, divorce, death of a loved one, sin, moving, etc).

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This Message is part 1 of Ezekiel, A Hard Headed Prophet message series.