Scripture reading for August 20th: Ezekiel 12-15
“Because they have led My people astray, saying “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. . . .I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 13:10-11a, 14.
God hates lies and will judge false prophets! God gave Ezekiel a message for the prophets of Israel who were leading the people astray with the peace, safety, and prosperity lie. These prophets were telling the people what they wanted to hear and brought God’s wrath upon the nation.
God likened these lying prophets to painters who whitewashed flimsy walls that were poorly constructed. The walls looked clean and white, but they were very unstable. God was going to expose the poor foundation by sending a storm upon the nation that would topple the white-washed walls and bring them down on those who painted them.
Preachers can whitewash people’s walls just to get a crowd. They tell them how God wants them rich and all they have to do is to give some money to the preacher. God guarantees that they will get a hundred times more back! They tell people that God is love and won’t send anyone to hell. Others whitewash the truth about the need for repentance from sin and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. They offer alternatives that don’t require faith or talking about the cross and the blood! Whitewash is being spread around today on the walls of people who have not repented! The day of Christ’s return will reveal the foundations as these walls come crashing down!
Today check your foundation. Are you firmly anchored on the Rock of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Have you repented of your sins and idolatry and found grace through the blood of Jesus? Are you hungry for biblical truth? Are you living a life of growing holiness and active witness for our Lord? A day is fast approaching when the foundations will be laid bare and white-washed walls will come crashing down!