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Warn the Wayward!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Ezekiel 1-6

“Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.  Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.  This was the appearance of the glory of the Lord.  When I saw it I fell face- down.” (Ezekiel 1:26-28b)

Ezekiel was one of the exiles taken to Babylon some years before the fall of Jerusalem. The thirty-year-old son of a priest of Israel, he was picked by God to be a prophetic voice to those who were taken captive. A vision of  God’s presence and glory humbled this young man and enabled him to hear the voice of God speaking to him.

“He said, “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day.  The people I am sending you to are obstinate and stubborn.  Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ “ (Ezekiel 2:3-5)

God’s instructions to Ezekiel were very clear.  He was to speak to God’s rebellious people.  These people may or may not listen because of their inborn habits of stubbornness  and rebellion.  Ezekiel was to be bold and speak plainly to them all the words that God gave him.  These were given to him as a scroll to eat, written on both sides with words of woe, sorrow and mourning.  Ezekiel was to be a watchman for the house of Israel and to warn them of the consequences of their evil ways.  (Ezekiel 3:17-19)  If he was faithful and did what God told him, it would go well with him.

Hearing God’s word is each person’s individual responsibility.  To the humble, God’s word is sweet as honey and good for the soul.  Take a moment today and ask God to open your ears to His truth.  Pick a verse from Ezekiel and chew on it today, then share it with someone in need!

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