Ezekiel 15

Ezekiel 15 has a very short but in your face message from the Lord to the prophet.  God brings the word to him and uses a word picture of a tree that is burned.  “Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel. When the fire has consumed both ends of it, and the middle of it is charred, is it useful for anything”?  Fire burns the wood from both ends and leaves a charred piece in the middle that is of no value.  It is not useful for anything.  God makes this statement as a picture of “the inhabitants of Jerusalem”.

You see, these folks have a problem.  They have failed to live up to the expectations of the living God.  He is tired of their lack of obedience.  In fact, he tells Ezekiel “I will set my face against them. Though they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them, and you will know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them”.  They aren’t getting away this time.  Obedience is not optional.  And failing to walk with God as He requires will lead to a significant problem – destruction – a fire that consumes.  It is not a pretty picture.

God goes on to say “I will make the land desolate”.  It isn’t enough to punish the people and destroy them.  God is going to clean up anything that is even remotely related to them too.  He is going to wipe it clean.  And He will do it in a way that no one can miss the fact that He is Lord.  God is in control.  He is the King of Kings and has the whole world in His hands.

He is clear as to their offense too.  “They have acted faithlessly”.  What is another way to define faithless?  The people “have done evil in the sight of the LORD, and have forsaken Him and turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD and have turned their backs on him”.  Or in the simplest terms – they sinned.  They chose not to walk with God.  They did their own things and disregarded God.  He was pushed aside.  It is sin.  And sin carries a big price tag.  Then, and now.  We must never forget that!

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