Ezekiel 12

Ezekiel 12 has the prophet in the midst of a people that just can’t seem to get it right with God.  “You dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not, for they are a rebellious house”.  It isn’t that they can’t see what to do, or haven’t been told how to live, they are just choosing to be disobedient and rebellious toward God.  Sin isn’t an accident.  It is a choice we make.  The children of Israel knew what God expected.  They knew how they were to live, but they make a choice to do their own thing their own way.

Ezekiel is given the task to try and show them what was going to happen.  They weren’t listening, so God assigns him to live out an example of what their future would hold.  “I have made you a sign for the house of Israel”.  He was to pack a bag, dig through the wall, and carry his bag in full sight out of the city into exile.  That was the prophecy of what was coming for them.  And they did notice.  “What are you doing” was their question.  And it gave the prophet the opportunity to tell them.

Ezekiel could give them God’s truth about their future.  “They shall go into exile, into captivity….and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them among the countries”.  They are going to be spread around the countryside, the few that were to be spared.  This is the remnant that God would use to restore His people after He cleaned things up.  The people still didn’t get it, even with Ezekiel’s example and modeling of what was to come.  They didn’t believe it would happen to them.

But God says differently.  “I will speak the word and perform it, declares the Lord”.  This is the reality of the God we serve.  He does what He says.  It isn’t a matter of if He will keep His word.  It is a matter of when it will happen.  And God’s message here is that it is going to happen now.  “None of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will be performed”.  The prophet has a message that is on the verge of being carried out right now.  God is going to act.  And many of those who were supposed to walk in harmony with Him will be removed.

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