Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Call of Ezekiel

August 27: Ezekiel 1-4

1 And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” 2 And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. 4 The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. 7 And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

16 And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.
Ezekiel 2:1-7 & 16-19

Call of Ezekiel

Ezekiel is a rather unusual book, filled with imagery that is difficult to understand. Rather than to delve into the meaning of that imagery (like the "wheels" mention in chapter 1), I will take a more devotional approach. In today's passage I would like to focus on the call of Ezekiel.

God often spoke to the prophets, often by dreams or visions; in the case of Ezekiel God's Words were clear. Ezekiel was to go to the people of Israel and, in essence, present the Gospel; whether or not the people listened, God's intent for Ezekiel was clear.

In verses 16-19, God further warns Ezekiel that if he does not go to the house of Israel they will die for their sins, but God will require their blood at Ezekiel's hand.

18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

As I pondered this, I wondered if we realize how serious it is if we do not share the Gospel with those around us. That sharing may come in the form of actually going to them and speaking with them, but it also includes our actions before them. Do they see Christ in the way we talk and in the choices we make?

God told Ezekiel to go to the house of Israel and to not fear the response of the people.

And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.

Fear! How many things do we fail to do because of our fear of the reaction of those around us? We must consider our calling before the Lord. Why did God put us on this earth? As Christians is our purpose to amass wealth and seek success and pleasure in this life? It is not wrong to be wealthy or successful, and it is not wrong to enjoy the things God has given to us, but what is uppermost in our mind? Do we really care about the lost around us? Do we use our wealth and success to spread the Gospel? Do we love the Lord our God above everything else?

As you ponder the call of Ezekiel, think of God's call to you. Pray that you would faithfully spend your time on this earth doing all you can to spread the Gospel of Christ.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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