Devotional Thought for Today – 11/29/21

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Ezekiel 12

Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

CONTEXT: Once again I turn to Matthew Henry’s commentary for an overview of the chapter:

Though the vision of God’s glory had gone up from the prophet, yet his word comes to him still, and is by him sent to the people, and to the same purport with that which was discovered to him in the vision, namely, to set forth the terrible judgments that were coming upon Jerusalem, by which the city and temple should be entirely laid waste. In this chapter, I. The prophet, by removing his stuff, and quitting his lodgings, must be a sign to set forth Zedekiah’s flight out of Jerusalem in the utmost confusion when the Chaldeans took the city (v. 1-16). II. The prophet, by eating his meat with trembling, must be a sign to set forth the famine in the city during the siege, and the consternation that the inhabitants should be in (v. 17-20). III. A message is sent from God to the people, to assure them that all these predictions should have their accomplishment very shortly, and not be deferred, as they flattered themselves they would be (v. 21-28).

The picture above might seem silly to some but it is actually quite appropriate for the way Israel (and many modern Christians) acted. The book of Ezekiel is primarily about the final days of Jerusalem in the 6th Century B.C. Ezekiel had finished his vision in chapter 11 and here in Chapter 12 God gives him final instructions. Our main text clearly states the problem at hand Israel refuses to see or hear the problem(s) (read sinfulness) ongoing around them.

A few things to note here:

Israel has a history of being rebellious against the Law of God

Israel continually refused to Hear the words of the Prophets God sent to warn them

Israel continually refused to See the depravity (sinfulness) ongong around them

Israel’s leaders, continually refused to Speak up about this sinfulness

Sounds a lot like modern day American to me.

God tells Ezekiel in v.3 to Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: in other words pack up all your belongings and get yourself off to exile. Oh and make a big deal of it so that those around you do not miss a thing. They may claim ignorance but not after this specticle.

Today many evangelicals are like ancient Israel, they give lip service to the Lord knowing God demands more. God says, John 14:15 (AMP) If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments. Also in Luke 6:46 we find, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not practice what I tell you?

God expects us to not only be obedient but to be about the work of advancing His kingdom. James 1:20, But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth]. I personally believe from a Biblical standpoint, that there is not greater work than building up the local church and planting new ones.

Finally God does not accept excuses, and one day we will all stand before his judgement 2 Corinthians 5:10 , For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the [a]judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or [b]bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives—the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities].

Are you a see no, hear no, speak no, and do no kind of believer? Or are you an unabashed Christian, obedient and ready to defend and advance the Kingdom for God’s glory.

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