Archive for November 22nd, 2013

Ezekiel 11

Ezekiel 11 continues the vision given to the prophet as he is now lifted by the Spirit and moved to the east gate.  He started at the north gate, then was moved into the inner part of the sanctuary, and now is being moved back outside to align with this part of the vision.  God calls out the princes as “the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city”.  He tells Ezekiel to “prophesy against them” and God equips the prophet as “the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me”.

God is clear that He will take action against His people.  “I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the Lord”.  There will be no mystery that sin will be exposed and punished.  And God makes that clear as He says “you shall know that I am the Lord. For you have not walked in my statutes, nor obeyed my rules, but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are around you”.  The reality is that sin never goes unnoticed or unpunished, and the prophet is given the assignment to make that very clear.

But Ezekiel pleads with God to not destroy the remnant of people that will be left of Israel.  And God tells him “I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel”.  As bleak as it looks as God continues to wipe our sin and sinners from His people, He also gives this promise of bringing together those who have been scattered to start the nation anew.  God is faithful to His word, and the covenant He made with Abraham will be kept.

And as He restores the remnant, he also will draw them to Himself.  “I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God”.  That is what God wants for us too.  He wants us to have a heart focused on Him, a spirit of obedience to walk with Him, and a focus on following His direction in a way that we can be His.  Are you living that way?

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