Monthly Archives: September 2012

Spring Family BBQ

What a great chance the Spring Family BBQ is for us to invite our friends & families to join us at St Paul’s and enjoy each other’s company.This will be a great opportunity to see the Meat Man in action.  Many of the men who saw him at our Men’s conference a few years ago thought he was outstanding – one of the best events we had ever organised.

A number of people (myself included) have bought two family tickets to the event – 1 for our family and 1 to shout a friend / family to join us. It would be good if you were to do the same.

Couples and singles are encouraged to attend and bring along their friends too.

Where:            St Paul’s Castle Hill
When:             Saturday 13 October 2012
Time:               5.30pm – 7.30pm

Ticket Costs:
Family Ticket   $30 (even if you have more than 4!!)
Group/Singles $30 per ticket (admits up to 4)

Come along and learn a thing or two about the different cuts of meat and how the Lord’s work is done.

We also plan to have some activities for the kids.
Tickets are available at the counters after Sunday services for the next 2 weeks.

You can also ring the office (02 8858 1111) and secure your tickets with a credit card payment.

Hope to see you all there.
David O’Hare
On behalf of Crewmen and Sisterhood ministries

That crazy Ezekiel!

We are currently reading through Ezekiel in REAP.  The Book of Ezekiel is long, politically convoluted and sometimes exegetically obtuse! It is written by what some commentators have described as an “oddball” prophet, Ezekiel.  However, Ezekiel is part of God’s word and for that, at the very least, Ezekiel’s voice demands to be heard today.

One of the things you will notice are some of the things God gets Ezekiel to do.  These are called sign-acts.  Sign-acts refer to the way the prophet embodies and dramatises a particular prophetic message.  Ezekiel has some of the best and bizarre sign-acts in all of the Bible. Here are a few (but not all) of them . . .

  • Lying on his side for a number of days, then switching to the other side, symbolising the years of exile for both Israel and Judah (4:4-8) – with 390 days on his left side!!!
  • Cooking food over human excrement (but later cow manure), symbolising the ‘unclean’ food they’ll eat whilst in exile (4:9-15)
  • Shaving, weighing, dividing, chasing around with a sword, and burning his own hair, symbolising the judgement coming against them (5:1-4)
  • Packing his luggage, saying bye and digging a hole in the wall to go into exile (12:1-7)
  • God takes Ezekiel’s wife and then God commands him not to mourn or weep over his wife’s death, symbolising that God will destroy the temple and also that God will not mourn the destruction of Jerusalem and/or the Temple (24:15-27).

My mind is often drawn to these kinds of interesting (and sometimes humorous) things.  However, in order to get the best understanding you can for the book, I recommend that you read it in big chunks (one sitting if that’s possible!). I want encourage you to read it patiently and carefully, being prepared to encounter an unfamiliar world. This is a daunting task but it will put you into a good position to know the flow and purpose of the book as well as how each passage will fit into the wider arc of the book and of the Bible.

Here is a list of books that could help you read Ezekiel better:

  1. Daniel I. Block, The Book of Ezekiel Chapters 1-24 – NICOT
  2. Daniel I. Block, The Book of Ezekiel Chapters 25-48 – NICOT
  3. Ezekiel in Dumbrell’s, Faith of Israel
  4. Ezekiel in New Bible Dictionary
  5. Ezekiel in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology