God gives Ezekiel more harsh words for the people in chapter six. The problem it seems is called out a few times in this chapter. The people have forgotten that God is God. The message is pretty clear as God says when He gets done with the clean up and killing and change He will make: “Then they’ll know that I am God”! Wow – does that describe us today? Do we recognize and confess that God is God in our lives? Or are we infected by the same disease – focus on ourselves and a lack of placing God in His rightful place in our lives – as the God of the universe, the creator of all. The problem the people of Israel have is idolatry and self focused living. They just plain ignore God and embrace evil. God says this needs to be our stance against evil: “Clap your hands, stamp your feet, yell out, “No, no, no!” because of all the evil”. It isn’t ok to just ignore evil. It isn’t acceptable to turn the other way and pretend it doesn’t exist. We need to take on evil with truth. We need to stand strong against evil and make sure we are putting forth God’s holiness. We are to be a light to the world, not people who just accept whatever happens around us and pretends we live in our own little bubble. That certainly is easier but it is not the right way to live. Are you a beacon of light in a world of darkness? Are you clapping and stomping and yelling about God’s requirement for holiness. I find it interesting that in this time a number of the pastors of large churches are teaching about the ten commandments to deliver the strong message that we are sinners and evil in God’s eyes because we cannot live up to His standards on our own. Evil is not a new thing. The enemy has been offering it and mankind accepting it since the garden of Eden. We just need to fight against it and teach our children about the peril of evil in our lives. It matters to God. We cannot just pretend it doesn’t exist.
Archive for March 25th, 2008