Why should you die? Ezekiel 18.31

“Throw away all your sins you have committed and fashion yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why should you die, O house of Israel?”

Ezekiel 18.31

Without a change of heart, Israel would die in her sins. The Lord sent his servants the prophets to warn the nation and to plead for repentance. How he loved his people!

God loves the church. The church is his people in the new covenant of Christ. But churches sometimes go astray. Examples can be found in Rev 2-3. Jesus pleads for repentance because he loves.

#votd #Ezekiel #repentance

God looks for a man or the value of the right one

One of the more famous passages of Ezekiel is chapter 22, verse 30. In this section of scripture, Ezekiel is giving us some of God’s reasons for sending Judah into captivity under the Babylonians. The reason given in verse 30 is that God could not find a man to stand in the gap. We need to reason about this verse correctly to find the proper application for our own lives.

Ezekiel is not saying that there were not men who were faithful to God and standing up for God. After all, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah were faithful and brave men of God who were carried away to Babylon. They were certainly willing to stand for God. Faithful Jeremiah and faithful Ezekiel were carried into captivity. They, too, stood for God.

For what man, then, was God looking? He was looking for the right man, the man who was not only faithful, but in a position to do something about directing the affairs of the nation back to Him. He was looking for another Josiah, a Hezekiah. He was looking for men with the heart, the bravery and “the clout” to stand in the gap.

There are some circumstances wherein you and I have insufficient influence. We can take a stand, but not bring about the needed change. Take a stand anyway. We can hold the line while others step over and start down the slippery slope to hell. Hold the line anyway. When no one else is following God, we can.

But, especially think of the places where we can stand in the gap. There are places where you have clout. Joshua said, “… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Noah could not turn the wicked world in which he lived back to God, even as a preacher of righteousness (2 Pet. 2:5). But Noah could be “a just man and perfect in his generations… (Gen. 6:9)” Paul could not convince the nation of Jews at Jerusalem to leave Judaism (Acts 22:22). But he could turn Peter back to right thinking (Gal. 2:11-14).

Likewise, you can “stand in the gap” in some places.

  • Mothers, you can exemplify and train you daughters to be graceful, feminine, modest and spiritually minded ladies ready to encourage and take their place beside a Christian husband. If no other woman in the church does that, you can.
  • Preachers, maybe you won’t turn a brotherhood back from worldliness, apathy or ungodliness, but you have a chance to stand in the gap for a congregation or maybe simply for the souls who will listen.
  • Fathers, most of the family leaders in this world have either abdicated their position or signed up for Satan’s army. But you can lead you family in the army of the Lord with zeal, prayerfulness, knowledge and wisdom.
  • Elders, you might be the one that can turn you congregation around in their evangelistic zeal and their spiritual mindedness.

Brothers and sisters, stand in the gap where you are. Stand everywhere for God, but, especially, stand where you can plug the gap. “Everyone must do his own work.”

—Mike Glenn

#ezekiel, #faithfulness, #influence

I bought one of those new five blade…

I bought one of those new five blade razors but it was more than I could handle. I had to go back and trade it for a three blade model. I’m not the first preacher with shaver troubles. Long ago the Lord ordered Ezekiel to take a sword for a razor to his head and beard. After he was slick and bald, God told Ezekiel to weigh and divide the hair and whiskers. One third was to be burned, one third he was to smite with a sword and the last third was to be scattered to the wind. What did it all mean? And what does it say to us? It says that God will not forever endure the filth and treachery of His people. A day of reckoning will come. Yes, God is love. But “God is also light and in Him is no darkness at all.” On November 6th Sodom usurped the throne and Gomorrah won the election. Surely we are in the last days and need we be reminded that the last days have a last day? This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#bald, #ezekiel, #just-a-minute, #razor, #sodom

In the day of Ezekiel the Lord explained…

In the day of Ezekiel the Lord explained why the Israelites were punished and exiled to a far away land, “I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” We are up to our neck in males. Any weekend you can tune to ESPN and witness beefy bodies and strutting tattooed clowns, but where is a man? Where is one who will stand against the tide of wickedness that sweeps across the land? It is not a matter of brawny frame, bearded face or hidden manhood. God spoke not of gender, God speaks of character, integrity and a courageous determination to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who love the Lord and value what is good and right. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#ezekiel, #just-a-minute

Ezekiel 8 and 9

An interesting thought occurred to me: In the context of Ezekiel, coupled with Jeremiah and 2 Kings, the Lord had a mark placed on all those to whom He continued His physical mercy. those who had no mark, in the symbolism, died when Babylon came in. Ezekiel was horrified, but the Lord said to him that their evil was so great that the Lord was going to eradicate the perversity and evil from the land.

If this could be properly applied to our country – Did the Lord mark you?

#ezekiel, #identified, #judgment

Showing Much Love

One of the great teaching methods of the Lord was in the use of parables. In Matthew 13, the apostle decided to group many of the parables of the Lord together. In the teachings of our Lord, He made a comment that penetrates even the hardest of hearts and frightens it so. “Hearing you will hear and not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive.” This frightens many because they wonder if they are exactly in that spot. Who would these people be, and who would be guilty of such things? Well, apart from the majority of the people who exist today, take note of what Ezekiel said (by the Lord’s authority), “So my people crowd in to hear what you have to say, but they don’t do what you tell them to do. Loving words are on their lips, but they continue their greedy ways” (Ezekiel 33:31, GNB). “Going to church” is on the outside, what is on the inside?

#devotional, #ezekiel, #love

The Watchman

The Watchman
Have you ever thought of the prophet Ezekiel as a fortunate man? In fact, he was; he was fortunate because the Lord chose him; with this choosing by the Lord, he had a tremendous responsibility placed on him. If he failed this responsibility, the Lord would call him to account (Ezekiel 3:20). Ezekiel was a prophet of God, a preacher with an obligation to the Lord and to the people to whom he preached.

Under the authority of the New Testament, elders in the Lord’s church are the watchmen (Acts 20:28), but it would be a mistake to think the preacher was not also a watchman (1 Timothy 4). What is a watchman? A watchman is one who knows that what the Lord revealed is right and that it must be proclaimed. In the context of the New Testament, the preacher must proclaim the “whole counsel of God,” not just the portions of scripture that people want to hear. Ezekiel warned the people of his day of the error in religious teachings. Does your preacher do that or does he not want to make others unsettled in what he preaches? Is your preacher a watchman? All of the Lord’s preachers are!

#38123050, #ezekiel, #guard, #preacher

I do not teach the adult class. One of o…

I do not teach the adult class. One of our men has been teaching through the Old Testament for many years. We are up to Ezekiel 38. I will be preaching on Clapping in worship and Bibliolatry tomorrow.

#bible, #clapping, #ezekiel, #study