Ezekiel 36:22 It Is God’s Grace

Ezekiel 36:22 (KJV)
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

Israel had a difficult time remembering this lesson. Time and time again God delivered them, blessed them, provided for them and miraculously avenged them of the enemies. But time and time again they somehow thought it was because they were inherently better than all the others. 

  • It was true they had the heritage of some great men
  • It was true they had the heavenly pattern for worship
  • It was true they could claim the great miracles for their people
  • It was true they had the Word of God

What was not true is that they had these because they were any better than the others. They had these because God gave them to them. They were like Noah. Noah’s greatness did not result in God’s grace. God grace resulted in Noah’s greatness. 

Next time God blesses us or uses us or delivers us from an enemy, we need to remember that we are no better than our enemy. It is God’s grace that made us the avenged rather than the “avengee”. 

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Ezekiel 34:26 SHOWERS OF BLESSING

Ezekiel 34:26 (KJV)
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

From this verse comes the wonderful song. 

SHOWERS OF BLESSING
By Ben Speer and Sue Dodge

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

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Ezekiel 32:18 Them That Go to the Pit

Ezekiel 32:18 (KJV)
Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.

While the chapter is properly a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, verses 17-30 separate the agony of “the multitude of Egypt” agony as one of those things Pharaoh would suffer. The burden of leadership is often that your own suffering comes at the expense of those under you. 

The description of their lamentation is like this:

  • They were strong, mighty, beautiful on earth but
  • They die uncircumcised and
  • They join the others in hell

There is a distinction made repeatedly between them and those that go down to the pit. It seems to me that the later are the fallen angels. Hell was created for them. Revelation tells us they are condemned to the bottomless pit. The term uncircumcised is, in the Old Testament, a reference to the Jews but the New Testament likens it to salvation; the circumcision of the heart. 

God, who is no respecter of persons, pronounces the judgment of the beautiful, the powerful, the famous and the mighty all to the same eternal fate as the devil and those angels that followed him. 

No matter who we are or what we might have accomplished in this life, if we have not been born again we will join the rest of the “uncircumcised” with “them that go down to the pit.”

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Ezekiel 29:2-3 My Planet, My Own

Ezekiel 29:2-3 (KJV)
Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt:
Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

The arrogance that believes man made the things of the earth, that we are our own gods, is not far from that idolatry that worships the things of the earth as products of Mother Nature. In each case too much is made of the things of the earth.

Our governor has announced his candidacy for President of the United States and has declared his platform to be almost wholly an environmental one. In this he has, in effect, joined with the new wildly socialist congress woman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. One of her first acts in office was to introduce what she called “The Green New Deal” a radical environmental proposal suggesting, among other things, the elimination of air travel within ten years. 

Bible believing Christians understand that we are not to abuse the resources of our planet. God’s earliest duties for Adam were to dress and keep it. That’s stewardship – the smart and efficient use of our world’s resources. On the other hand, Romans chapter one clearly identifies one of the worse of end time sins as worshiping the creature rather than the creator. 

It is telling that the New Testament, and Jesus Himself, clearly points to the end of this earth. Jesus said, Luke21:33
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Frankly, some of the wild-eyed energy of the environmentalist left is an attack against the plan of God and not really an appeal to take care of what we have. 

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Ezekiel 26:7 King of Kings

Ezekiel 26:7 (KJV)
For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

I was struck by the phrase, “king of kings.” This term is used three times in the Old Testament. Each time it refers to one of the kings of Babylon. It’s the first of the four great empires of Daniel’s vision and, as such, none of those after it rival it. As much as Alexander the Great may have aspired to it, He never reached the greatness of the Babylonian kings, especially Nebuchadnezzar. 

My real interest, however, is in the contrast between this and a similar New Testament phrase. The Bible gives Jesus a title similar to that of Nebuchadnezzar:

1 Timothy 6:15
Which in his times he shall shew, who isthe blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 

Revelation 17:14
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him arecalled, and chosen, and faithful. 

Revelation 19:16
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 

The differences between the Old Testament title and the New Testament one may seem subtle, but they are of unbelievable importance. Nebuchadnezzar seemed like a king of kings. He might have been a king among kings. He could have been the most powerful of the kings of his day. 

But Jesus is King of kings and KING OF KINGS. 

He is the God of all kings, the authority of every king. 

  • Every king[1]ought to aspire to His character. 
  • Every king ought to submit to His authority. 
  • Every king ought to bow before His presence. 

But no king will ever replace Him, defeat Him or compare to Him. 


[1]Or, for that matter, any leader of any title or office.

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Ezekiel 18:21-23 The Witness’ Motivator

Ezekiel 18:21-23(KJV)
But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

What a hopeful passage. These words offer light to those whose past is filled with sin and darkness. Regardless how badly they have behaved, if they repent, if they turn, none of those transgressions will be mentioned again. 

This is the motivator for the soul winner, the witness, the missionary and the preacher. What if the sinner should repent? They would be as if they had never been so wicked. And the soul winner has evidence that it is so; he is such a one. He was wicked but, by the grace of God, was turned. 

The reason for this promise is plainly stated. God has no pleasure in the judgment of the wicked. His delight would be their salvation. 

On the other hand, there is the one who had done well but now is turned to wickedness. None of their good works will count for them. Their end is evidence that their goodness was never the result of the working of God in them. 

The preacher must not urge such a person to keep pretending righteousness. Rather he must preach to him the same message as to the first. If he turns, if he repents, God will forget his wickedness. 

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Ezekiel 16:15 Not Satisfied With God

Ezekiel 16:15 (KJV)
But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

The verses previous speak of the beauty God had given Jerusalem. 

  • He had cleansed her
  • He had anointed her
  • He had clothed her
  • He had provided her with His own jewels
  • He had made her known

But God said she trusted in her own beauty. She had a plan of her own. She had a taste different than that of the Lord’s. She decked herself with other jewels, clothed herself in other garments and chosen for herself her own friends. 

I am afraid something similar is happening among the believers today. We are not now satisfied with those blessings God has given us:

  • Solid preaching 
  • A church of baptized believers
  • The Great Commission

Etc

We want more. Our tastes have developed so that we require ear tickling teachers, larger assemblies, and lighter expectations. We’ve begun to dress ourselves, and there are those who seem attracted by our garments. But they aren’t the same kinds of Christians. The beauty of the modern church movement attracts false professions. They have, perhaps, larger congregations, but with much less heart for God. 

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Ezekiel 14:3 Nothing But God

Ezekiel 14:3 (KJV)
Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

Concerning idols, 1 Corinthians 8:4 (KJV) says,
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol isnothing in the world, and that there isnone other God but one. 

The fact is that an idol is nothing. It is wood, or stone, or gold and silver. 

  • It cannot speak. 
  • It cannot move. 
  • It cannot do anything for its worshippers either good or bad. 

But here is the problem with idols, and the danger that must be avoided at all costs, the idol is actually set up in the heart. The thing is just a stumblingblock to look upon, but idol is in the heart. This is why the idol separates the worshipers from God.[1]It’s a matter of the heart. They have placed this thing before God in their heart. 

This gives us some clue as to when it is appropriate for the Christian to eat the meat referenced in 1 Corinthians. The honest believer has nothing between himself and the Lord. The meat is merely a necessity of the body. On the other hand, the worshiper’s heart is turned toward the idol. The meat is a tool he uses to express his devotion to it. 

Matthew 22:37 (KJV)
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Let nothing but God in your heart. 


[1]Ezekiel 14:4-5 (KJV)
Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

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Ezekiel 11:16 He Is There

Ezekiel 11:16 (KJV)
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.

There is nothing little about God. Yet here He promises to be “a little sanctuary” in the countries the children of God find themselves.

Little in the sense of perspective 
The sun is gigantic compared to the earth. Yet, because we are so much nearer to the earth, we see the sun as this tiny speck and the earth as all encompassing. Still, as little as the sun may appear, we know better and we rejoice in every little bit of it we get.

Little in the sense of availability 
Some things are so huge they can only be had in the one place. Other things often become more meaningful to us because they are portable. We have them wherever we need them. 

This world so surrounds us that there are times when it appears much bigger than God. We see it more, hear it more, sense it more. This is in no way to mean that the things of this world are bigger, more impactful more powerful than God. He is our life and breath and very being. Every evidence of God is a reason of rejoicing. 

And God, who is of infinite proportions, bigger than the created universe and immeasurable beyond that, is still so available that, in the bleakest of circumstances, in the tiniest of rooms, in the smallest of gatherings, He is there. 

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Ezekiel 8:1 God Showed Up

Ezekiel 8:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.

Amazingly, it was at a precise moment, when the elders of Judah were at Ezekiel’s house, that God spoke to Ezekiel, and to the elders present. I note these points:

It was at a precise time
Why were the elders there at that moment? Did they have some indication that God would speak just then? Was it their habit to show up at the prophet’s house at specific times? We do not know. 

It was at a precise place 
God spoke to Ezekiel at other places, the River Chebar, for instance. But, knowing that Ezekiel was a priest as well as a prophet, it seems significant to me that the elders chose to gather at his house and God chose to speak there. 

The elders had gathered and sat there
Could they be representative of the people in general? This is the case of the twenty and four elders in the book of the Revelation. The fact that they were sitting indicates waiting. Perhaps in expectation. 

God showed up there
At his house, just when this crowd had gathered. 

I understand it’s only a picture, but I see a major similarity between this and today’s church worship. 
Ezekiel was both priest and prophet
Every Christian today is a priest by virtue of salvation. The preacher is a priest who is also a prophet. 

We gather at set times
We come when the church doors are open.

We gather as members
A Christian doesn’t have to be a member of a church, but he is not a leading Christian (elder) without church membership. 

We gather in expectation 
We come expecting that God will speak to our preacher to speak to us. God can and does meet with His people in other places. But He meets with them every time in the House of God

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