Ezekiel 5

Ezekiel has some tough words to give to the people of Jerusalem.  God starts off this chapter telling Ezekiel to shave his head and beard with a sword.  Now that seems like a pretty big order to me.  But the words that Ezekiel is given are much harder than that task.  God is very unhappy with His people.  Why – He makes it very clear: “You’ve been more headstrong and willful than any of the nations around you, refusing my guidance, ignoring my directions”.  It comes down to obedience.  The people just are not following His direction.  They are ignoring His commandments.  That just doesn’t work.  So the result is very clear – they will be punished in “full sight of the nations”.  God is going to make sure that everyone knows what is up with these people.  This is one thing that is consistent through scripture.  There is a price to pay for disobedience.  But this price is really strong.  Check out the message that Ezekiel is given to deliver to the people: “A third of your people will die of either disease or hunger inside the city, a third will be killed outside the city, and a third will be thrown to the winds and chased by killers”.  Can you imagine having to deliver this truth to the people.  Holy cow, that is some pretty strong stuff.  When I add those all up – there aren’t many that will be left when this is over.  Only those in the last third that escape the killers who will be chasing them.  Passages like this make it abundantly clear to me that God takes obedience very seriously.  He will tolerate my failing to get it for a while, but when I continue to refuse to obey and ignore Him over the long haul, there will be a price to pay and it will be severe.  God wants to bring me into a lifestyle of obedience and fellowship with Himself.  I need to get that right and do it every day.  Lord help me be aware of and sensitive to your direction for my life, and to walk humbly in obedience to it today!

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