What I Read Today;
Revelation 22; Matthew 11; Ezekiel 3; Psalm 94-95; 2 Kings 11-12; Numbers 1
Ezekiel 3 vs. 17-21, “Mortal, I have made you a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’ and you give them no warning, and do not speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and they do not turn from their wickedness, or from their wicked way, they shall die for their iniquity; but you will have saved your life. Again, if the righteous turn Fromm their righteousness and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before them, they shall die; because you have not warned them, they shall die for their sin, and their righteous deeds that they have done shall not be remembered; but their blood I will require at your hand. If, however, you warn the righteous not to sin, and they do not sin, they shall surely live, because they took warning; and you will have saved your life.” NRSV
The nations of Israel and Judah were failing. Corruption was rampant, violence was seen everywhere. People had no regard for their neighbor. It was take whatever you like, with no regards for others.
Their leaders in the church had been silent. The priests had even participated in the corruption and sin that was so rampant.
So God appoints Ezekiel with the task of calling back the people of Israel. Calling them back to a life of humble service to God and to each other. Ezekiel would call the people to disregard the false hope that the priests were speaking and pay attention to the Word of God.
His mission would not draw him praise. In fact he would be hated by many and followed by few. He angered the priests by calling out their failure to reign in the sins of the people and their participation in those very sins. The people hated him because he constantly pointed out what they were doing and how wrong it was.
On paper you would say that Ezekiels ministry was a failure. But in God’s eye it was a complete success. Ezekiel would be the one to remove any excuses from the people. When they met God they would not be able to plead ignorance. They had Ezekiels message along with the Old Testament. They knew what was right and what was wrong. They had been taught how to behave towards each other. But they chose not to.
Our world today needs more Ezekiels. Our people move farther and farther from God. We need more people to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ and his salvation.