I am studying to teach the lesson from Ezekiel 11 in Sunday School this Sunday. This chapter records Ezekiel's prophecy that judgment was about to fall and Jerusalem would be conquered. The people ignored the warning and refused to believe such a thing could happen. We know that Jerusalem fell, just as Ezekiel had predicted, about ten years later.
As I thought about this, I remembered this clipping I got somewhere and how well it fits the history of Israel.
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.
These cycles apply to more than the history of Israel. Think about it. At what point in this cycle are we as a nation? As a church? What does this tell you?