Ezekiel 33:11 Turn Ye, Turn Ye

Ezekiel 33:11 (KJV)
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

The Jews, under conviction through the preaching, ask the question, “If we pine away in our transgressions, how shall we then live?” 

  • What do we do to change the course? 
  • What do we do to stop the death?

God’s answer was just this simple, “Turn ye, Turn ye from your evil ways.”

I think this has got to be the message of every blood bought child of God today. We must call out to people, “Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways.” 

Before, of course, they will hear with sincerity and earnestly turn from their evil ways, they’ll need to accept that they are pining away in their transgressions. Faithful preaching will contribute to this. But it will be the working of the Lord that convinces them they are indeed pining away. 

Working just as we see Him doing in our world today.

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Ezekiel 29:20 A Hard Lesson

Ezekiel 29:20 (KJV)
I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD.

Nebuchadnezzar was a Gentile, heathen king. The Jews could not believe Jeremiah’s message that God was use him to chasten Jerusalem. Those Jews who survived the siege and remained in the Promised Land could not believe Ezekiel’s message that God had given Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar as wages for his service. They fled for safety to the one place God would not protect them. 

A hard lesson for us to learn, especially those of us with a nominal faith in the Lord, is that He doesn’t do what we think He ought to do. He is the Supreme Being. We are to bow to Him. We are to submit to His will. 

And we will learn His will through the Word of God and through those who faithfully and honestly preach it.

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Ezekiel 28:11-12 Who’s At the Bottom of All This?

Ezekiel 28:11-12 (KJV)
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

I picture in my mind that Russian doll that opens to reveal inside another doll, that opens to reveal yet another. Chapters previous to this describe the judgment against Tyrus, then against the merchants of Tyrus. The verses just previous to this reveal the judgment of the prince of Tyrus, who claimed to be a god, but who was able to be slain. Here finally we see the king of Tyrus, who is none other than Satan. 

The judgment of the nation is the result of the people’s unholiness. The destruction of the people is the result of unholy leadership. The unholy leadership is the result of Satan’s underlying work. 

See it as a pyramid. The top of the pyramid is built upon leadership. The foundation of the leadership, in this case, is Satan. 

Conversely,

  • The way to have a strong nation is to have sound leadership 
  • The way to have a sound leadership is to have a godly foundation 
  • The way to have a godly foundation is to have faith in the one true God

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Ezekiel 23:39 Profaning the Sanctuary

Ezekiel 23:39 (KJV)
For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

Sometimes the parallels between the Old Testament and our day are obscured by our own preferences and practices. That which we do seems palatable, even when it is wrong. We can accept that those things God calls wicked in the Old Testament were terrible because we don’t do them. Those things that we do just couldn’t, in our eyes, compare. 

The gist of this passage is this, Israel would do abominable things in their own time, and then come to the house of God as if they were the children of God. This duplicity was, in God’s eyes, profanity. In the particular example, they sacrificed their children to idols and then came into the sanctuary as if to worship God. 

The parallel has to do with how we raise our children. For as many decades as I have been a Christian, we have heard preachers warn against the public school system. Too many kept their kids in those schools, all the while smugly attending some form of worship. Today it has come to bite us in that so many of those children have grown up to believe things that are openly anti-Christian. The current election proves the point when even some who are pastors have openly encouraged Christians to vote in a candidate who is pro abortion, pro alternative lifestyles, and pro socialist. They can’t see past their disregard for the other candidate’s reputation to recognize that he is the only one who will stand for Christian values. 

We have, for generations, failed to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph 6:4). Now we are not even sure what that is.[1]

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[1] I wrote this on October 30th but I am posting it on November 4th. At this time it has been confirmed that the state of Washington has voted in a bill for comprehensive sex education beginning in kindergarten. This must be an abomination in the eyes of God.

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Ezekiel 23:39 Profaning the Sanctuary

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Ezekiel 20:12 Such a Sweet Testimony

Ezekiel 20:12 (KJV)
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

The sabbaths would have been holy days; days of rest, just as God rested from His creation on the seventh day. The observation of these sabbath days was a sign of their relationship with God and meant to remind them that they had been set apart as uniquely special to God. 

The New Testament provides us with a different day. Christians have the first day of the week. It is a different sort of rest as, because of Christ, the work of righteousness is finished. We rest in that we rely solely upon Him for our righteousness and or relationship with God. We observe the day, not by resting from our labors, but by worshiping Him and testifying in His name. Our participation in services, whenever or church hosts services, is a reminder of what Christ accomplished for us. It is a testimony to others that we have been set apart to Him. 

Oh, don’t rebel from such a sweet testimony.

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Ezekiel 18:22 Made Right In Jesus Christ

Ezekiel 18:22 (KJV)
All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

The burden of righteousness is heavy. I choose not to recount the list – it is given at least twice in this chapter of Ezekiel. Instead, I would point out that the New Testament standard of righteousness is Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
He hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in him

I’m not keeping a checklist. I have a personal relationship with Jesus. 

Those who know Christ as Saviour might come to know him at a young age. They might come to know him however as they get up in years and have many sins for which to give account. It’s all made right in Jesus Christ.

Those who profess this righteousness and, somewhere down the line, turn from it into worldliness and sin simply prove they never knew Jesus. Any man can commit sin. He might even go astray for a time. If he has a saving relationship with the Lord, he will return to Him at some point. If he doesn’t, despite his protests otherwise, he never was saved.[1]

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[1] I have actually had this absurd conversation with a man who used to be a fundamental Baptist pastor but now claims to be an atheist. He is adamant that, when he was a Christian, he was saved. Yet he claims now to believe there is no God.

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Ezekiel 9:9 Signs of the Times

Ezekiel 9:9 (KJV)
Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

“Lift up your eyes. Redemption draweth nigh”

Those of us who are students, and more importantly, believers of the Word of God, would be quick today to say, “Signs of the times are everywhere.” Though none of us would be so foolish as to set a date for Jesus’ return,[1] it feels to us like those signs of the end times are indeed, everywhere. I cannot remember a day in my lifetime when life was as little regarded as today. Almost a day never goes by now that we don’t hear of a police officer killed for no reason other than he or she is a police officer. Businesses are vandalized daily. Cars are looted. Vehicles are burned and seniors are beaten because someone didn’t like them promoting their preferred candidates. 

  • The land is full of blood
  • The city is full of perverseness
  • They do say, “The Lord seeth not.”

But He does see. 

“Lift up your eyes. Redemption draweth nigh.”

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[1] Though there are some fools who attempt it.

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Ezekiel 7:7 Prepare

Ezekiel 7:7 (KJV)
The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

There are three things, the Bible says will characterize the attitude of people when the judgment of God comes

  • As in the days of Noe, they will eat drink and be merry 
  • There will be an attitude of “peace, peace when there is no peace” and
  • They will mock the message of His coming saying all things continue 

I think this verse is a reflection of the final one of these three, if not all three of them. There was a sound of judgment in the mountains. There was this feeling of foreboding. I think the picture of thunder and lightning in the mountains was meant to picture the prophecies of coming judgment. Did Judah come to the place where they heard the message without appropriate fear of the message? 

God’s Word prophesies of a day when the message will be more than a warning. The judgment of God will come and not just be preached. Don’t scoff. Don’t ignore. Don’t hear with pleasure but not take heed. 

Prepare for the day of the Lord. 

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Ezekiel 5:12 Prophecy Finds Fulfillment

Ezekiel 5:12 (KJV)
A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

God prophesied a threefold judgment upon Israel designed to satisfy His anger:

  • Those judged by famine and pestilence
  • Those judged by the sword
  • Those scattered and chased by the sword

The first two parts were accomplished, I think, with the Babylonian captivity. The final judgment continues to this day where Israel, even in their own land, face regular attacks by their enemies. All of these years they have found no home among the other nations and, even in their home they find the sword. 

The first thing that comes to mind is the accuracy and truth of the Bible. It has been, for the Jews, exactly what God said it would be. 

The second thing that comes to mind is thanksgiving for the remnant. It is a small band, woven into the culture of the local church today, but it exists nonetheless. It is a seed of truth in the world that will one day end in all of Israel confessing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Just as the other prophecies concerning Israel have been and are being fulfilled, so these prophecies will find their fulfillment in the good time of God. 

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Ezekiel 2:5 The Fundamental Duty of the Preacher

Ezekiel 2:5 (KJV)
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

It is interesting, I think, to note that God was more interested in the message than in the response to it. God will not make a person receive His Word. They might hear. They might forbear. God chooses not to make a person do one or the other. That is of their free will. 

But God was interested in the prophet.

Ezekiel 2:8 (KJV) 
But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. 

It may be today, as I preach, some in the congregation will hear. It may be that some will forbear. That is neither my concern nor God’s (of course I prefer, as does the Lord, that they hear). The fundamental duty today is that the preacher tells everyone what God gave him. 

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Ezekiel 2:5 The Fundamental Duty of the Preacher

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