Archive for November 15th, 2013

Ezekiel 5

Ezekiel 5 has the prophet getting direction from God on what to do.  “Take a sharp sword. Use it as a barber’s razor and pass it over your head and your beard”.  Sounds a bit dangerous, doesn’t it.  Shave with a sword, cut your hair with a sword?  But God is making the point that He is going to cut off His rebellious people.  “She has rebelled against my rules by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries all around her; for they have rejected my rules and have not walked in my statutes”.

The children of God have a problem.  And God is going to take action.  Here is the list of things He says He will do:

–       “I am against you

–       I will execute judgments

–       I will do with you what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again

–       I will scatter to all the winds

–       I will withdraw

–       I will have no pity

–       I will vent my fury

–       I will make you a desolation

–       I execute judgments

–       I send against you the deadly arrows

–       I will send famine

–       I will bring the sword upon you

Do you notice how personal this is between God and His children?  He is taking direction action.  God’s nature does not allow Him to just ignore sin.  He can’t just look the other way.  He must respond, and that response is difficult.  He tells us “they shall know that I am the Lord – that I have spoken in my jealousy”.  This is a show of force.  It is a strong statement about the very nature of God.  And as a result, the outcome will be that everyone will know that He is Lord.  Every person will see that God is worthy of praise.

Why do we keep sinning when we can clearly see it is a very bad decision?  Because we lose track of who God is and who we are in relationship to Him.  We fail to understand just how important it is to have a right relationship, and what the cost is of sin.  We lose perspective, and soon we make choices that cause us to fall into sin and out of God’s will.  The good news is that God’s grace will cover those very bad choices, but only if we receive it through the shed blood of Christ.  Are you covered by the blood?  Are you in right standing with the Holy God?

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