Ezekiel 13

Ezekiel 13 once again has God telling the prophet to go against what is happening in his day.  God told Ezekiel to “prophesy against the prophets of Israel”.  These guys are making things up and sharing from their own hearts.  But God is not amused.  “Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing….false visions and lying divinations”.  These guys were pretending to be prophets, making up stories that were for their own personal gain.

God’s stance on them is pretty clear: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God….they have misled my people”.  God does not take kindly to people who claim to speak His truth and are making it up.  They lied and spoke untruth.  They were doing things for their own gain.  And God tells Ezekiel to let them know that they are going to fall.  He is going to wipe them out – all of them – for their lies.

But that isn’t all.  God also tells Ezekiel to prophecy against “the women who sew magic bands upon all wrists, and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature”.  These women were sorcerers and guilty of taking money from people to feed them lies and all sorts of other things.  They were guilty of “hunting souls like birds”.  They took advantage of people and fed them lies all the while pretending to have a word from the Lord.  But their fate was to be like the false prophets.  God is going to deal with them.

The reality is that God does not tolerate people who use a holy place to deceive and mislead people.  He doesn’t look kindly on leaders that lead their people astray.  God deals with those people.  And He tells us: “I will deliver my people out of your hand. And you shall know that I am the Lord”.  God is in control.  When it seems like people get away with evil and bad is winning over good, it is just a perception.  God will deal with things.  He will make it right.  Ezekiel carries those messages loud and clear to the false prophets and sorcerers of his day.

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