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Warning or entertainment?

Scripture reading for August 27th: Ezekiel 33-36

God had made Ezekiel a watchman on the wall of a nation to warn them of coming judgment and disaster because of sin.  Ezekiel must warn the people clearly or he would be responsible for their blood.  (Ezekiel 33:7-9)   You might say that Ezekiel was a prophet of individual responsibility.  Each person was responsible for the word from God that was delivered to them.  What they did with it determined their destiny.  God did not want any man to perish so He sent Ezekiel to warn them that they might be saved!  (Ezekiel 33:11)

Ezekiel warned them faithfully but the people complained that God was unjust in his dealing with them.  (Ezekiel 33:17)   I have found this to be true often in counseling others.  What they accuse others of, they are often guilty of themselves.   But blaming God is never a good idea!

God told Ezekiel that the people were talking about him in their houses.  They were inviting each other to come and hear the message of the prophet.  The problem was that they did not want to put any of his message into practice.  Their hearts were greedy for gain and they were selfish and unchanged after hearing.  They viewed his messages as a form of entertainment!  (Ezekiel 33:30-32)

How are you receiving the word of God today?   Are you in church to see if the preacher can entertain you each Sunday and get angry if he or she doesn’t quite get the job done?   Think about that when you listen to the word of God next time!

“If you warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.” (Ezekiel 33:9)

“And if I say to the wicked man, ‘you will surely die’; but he then turns away from his sin and does what is just and right–if he gives back what he took in pledge for a loan, returns what he has stolen, follows the decrees that give life, and does no evil, he will surely live; he will not die.” (Ezekiel 33:14-15)

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Prophetic entertainment!

Scripture reading for August 25th: Ezekiel 33-36

God had made Ezekiel a watchman on the wall of a nation to warn them of coming judgment and disaster because of sin.  Ezekiel must warn the people clearly or he would be responsible for their blood.  (Ezekiel 33:7-9)  After he warned them, they would be responsible.  You might say that Ezekiel was a prophet of individual responsibility.  Each person was to become responsible for the word from God that was delivered to them.  What they did with it determined their destiny.  God did not want any man to perish so He sent Ezekiel to warn them that they might be saved!  (Ezekiel 33:11)

Ezekiel warned them faithfully but the people complained that God was unjust in his dealing with them.  (Ezekiel 33:17)  Often I have found this to be true in counseling others.  What they accuse others of, they are often guilty of themselves.   They were blinded to the truth and blamed God to avoid responsibility.

God told Ezekiel that the people were talking about him in their houses.  They told each other to come and hear the message of the prophet.  They seemed to desire the word, but did not want to put any of his message into practice!  Their hearts were greedy for gain and they were selfish and unchanged after hearing.  They viewed his messages as entertainment, such as a beautiful love song or a concert. (Ezekiel 33:30-32)

How are you receiving the word of God today?  Do you read your Bible for entertainment?  Do you expect the preacher to entertain you each Sunday and get angry if he or she doesn’t quite make you feel good?  Ezekiel was received the same way but he  knew he could not quit or he would be guilty of their blood!

“If you warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.” (Ezekiel 33:9)

“And if I say to the wicked man, ‘you will surely die’; but he then turns away from his sin and does what is just and right–if he gives back what he took in pledge for a loan, returns what he has stolen, follows the decrees that give life, and does no evil, he will surely live; he will not die.” (Ezekiel 33:14-15)

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“Like the Garden of Eden”

Scripture reading for August 27th: Ezekiel 33-36

I noticed that Ezekiel  mentioned the garden of Eden in a number of passages.  He seemed to be attracted to that beautiful Garden and the state of man walking with God in peace and harmony.  “This is what the Sovereign Lord says; On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt.  The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it.  They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited. “” (Ezekiel 36:33-35)

In the case of Jerusalem and the destroyed towns of Israel, God told Israel that He would resettle them in the towns and restore what was destroyed.  The cultivated land that was overgrown with weeds would be restored to productivity.  In fact, those who saw the restoration would liken it to the “garden of Eden”.  By the way “Eden” means “delights”.

In the case of man’s broken relationship with God,  He also has a plan of restoration to the state of delights.  It is given in Ezekiel 36:26-27, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.” This is the new covenant that God promised for His people and fulfilled through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit from our Father. We have the rubble of a stony heart removed by God’s surgery when we turn to Him in humble repentance.  He gives us a new heart and the Holy Spirit to move us to keep His word and follow His ways.  We have our fellowship with God restored and are filled with joy and delight to know God again!  Instead of the garden of Eden, we are now looking for Jesus Christ who will take us to a beautiful place prepared just for us!  There will be complete restoration, even better than the garden of Eden!  Are you ready?

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“Prophetic entertainment”

Scripture reading for August 27th: Ezekiel 33-36

God had made Ezekiel a watchman on the wall of a nation to warn them of coming judgment and disaster because of sin.  Ezekiel must warn the people clearly or he would be responsible for their blood.  (Ezekiel 33:7-9)  After he warned them, they would be responsible.  You might say that Ezekiel was a prophet of individual responsibility.  Each person was to become responsible for the word from God that was delivered to them.  What they did with it determined their destiny.  God did not want any man to perish so He sent Ezekiel to warn them that they might be saved!  (Ezekiel 33:11)

This plan of God was put into effect and Ezekiel warned them faithfully but the people complained that God was unjust in his dealing with them.  (Ezekiel 33:17)  God was accused by the people He warned but it was the people who were guilty of injustice!  I have found this to be true often in counseling others.  What they accuse others of, they are often guilty of themselves.   They were under the bondage of sin and blinded to the truth that could make them free if they only would become broken and repent.

These religious people were proud of their preacher and seemed to want to hear him.  God told Ezekiel that the people were talking about him in their houses.  They were telling each other to come and hear the message of the prophet as if they wanted to hear.  The problem was that they did not want to put any of his message into practice.  Their hearts were greedy for gain and they were selfish and unchanged after hearing.  They viewed his messages as entertainment, such as a beautiful love song or a concert. (Ezekiel 33:30-32)

How are you receiving the word of God today?  Do you read your Bible for entertainment with no heart to put it to practice?  Do you listen to the preacher at church just to get a good feeling?  Do you go to see if the preacher can entertain you each Sunday and get angry if he or she doesn’t quite get the job done?   There is nothing new under the sun!  Ezekiel was received the same way!  However, he could not quit or he would be guilty of their blood!  Think about that when you listen to the word of God next time!

“If you warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.” (Ezekiel 33:9)

“And if I say to the wicked man, ‘you will surely die’; but he then turns away from his sin and does what is just and right–if he gives back what he took in pledge for a loan, returns what he has stolen, follows the decrees that give life, and does no evil, he will surely live; he will not die.” (Ezekiel 33:14-15)

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