Ezekiel 24:18-19 Still, We Serve the Lord

Ezekiel 24:18-19 (KJV)
So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.
And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

The reader finds himself as befuddled by this passage as the original audience must have. Ezekiel’s wife died.

  • His heart must have shattered
  • His loneliness must have exploded
  • His grief must have risen

But God had called him and his work must be done. “Tell us what these things are…?” the audience asked him.

Ezekiel explained that he was set as an example for the people. They would suffer and would not be afforded opportunity to grieve. They would instead, “pine away for their iniquities.

So the preacher, yea every serious Christian today, serves as one seeking to comfort and teach the grieving while he himself is grieving. We are not sinless or perfected in any sense of the word. We are broken, hurting and fully aware of our failures.

Still, we serve the Lord.

We are able to do so understanding three things:

  • We are instructed to serve
  • We are forgiven in Christ
  • We will be made whole in eternity

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Ezekiel 24:18-19 Still, We Serve the Lord

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Ezekiel 20:25 This Won’t Turn Out Good

Ezekiel 20:25 (KJV)
Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

God had given Israel something unique and unlike anything in the world. Their laws, religion, and customs set them apart in the world. But their children didn’t appreciate what they had. They rebelled against God (vs 21) and returned to practices similar to those of Egypt and the other nations around them. It was then that God said He gave them statutes that were not good.

I believe this means He allowed them to make their own way, their own:

  • Laws,
  • Religious system and
  • Customs

He let them establish their own values and moral code. He let them, as it were, be their own gods.

And it destroyed them.

I see a similar thing among young believers these days. God did a wonderful thing among Independent Baptists. He gave us:

  • Clear understanding of the Bible,
  • A practical way to worship Him, and
  • A testimony of faith and concern for souls

But our children, the generation coming up, wasn’t content with that. They wanted to make their own way. They did it by returning to the old Protestant way. They have embraced the old Calvinism and style themselves as the Reformed.

They have developed raucous life choices with:

  • Beer drinking theology sessions
  • Tattooed men’s activities
  • Loud and modern musical styles

All the while claiming scholarly and careful Bible study.

They have rebelled against what their fathers gave them and in so doing have rebelled against God.

The end of the thing will not be good.

 

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Ezekiel 14:1-3 Best They Repent

Ezekiel 14:1-3 (KJV)
Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
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?

Here is a strange scene indeed.
The prophet of God is there, ready to deliver his message from God. Into the auditorium (if I may frame the scene in modern embellishments) come certain men of note.

  • Who they are we do not know. But God does.
  • Why they have come we do not know. But God does.

They sit down before the preacher, as I imagine it, in the front row.
They seek prominence. They likely intend to intimidate the preacher by their presence. They want to hear every word, nothing distracting them, so that they have the more to accuse him of.

The Lord speaks to the preacher to tell him He has no message for them.
I’ve known a number of people, perhaps much like these. They think highly of themselves and believe others should think highly of them too. They may have a pretense of spirituality but they do not know the Lord and they are deeply into sin.

These have no message from God. They may attend a church service and hear a sermon but God refuses to speak to them.

  • Best they repent.
  • Best that they confess to God their sins and lean on Christ for salvation.

Only then will God have something to say to them.

 

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Ezekiel 3:25-26 Worse Not To Be

Ezekiel 3:25-26 (KJV)
But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:
And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.

As difficult as it is to be reproved by the Lord it is worse not to be.

It is unpleasant to be scolded for our actions and to be goaded into quitting them. The rebellious nature of us all wants to be in charge, to feel unrestricted and free to do as we please. To be reined in, to be kept from the liberty of license – that is unpleasant. It is worse, however, to be free from God.

A number of years ago our family possessed a cat who was determined to be outside. The cat was meant to be indoors. We live in a property where predators abound and we knew the cat would not survive long outdoors. Still it was the nature of the cat to want outside. We would let him out from time to time, only when we knew we could watch him.

One day he got farther away than we would have liked. My boys saw coyotes and within moments they saw the coyotes kill the cat. The cat got what it wanted. It got outside our boundaries. But then the cat got killed.

God places boundaries on us. He uses the preacher’s reproof to keep us within those boundaries. If the reproof is removed we are likely to step into dangerous places.

When God withdraws His reproof, He has withdrawn His blessing.

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Ezekiel 3:25-26 Worse Not To Be

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Ezekiel 2:4-5 The Preacher’s Objectives

Ezekiel 2:4-5 (KJV)
For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
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.

The objective of the preacher is always conversion. We are not, as the politician or the debater, interested in presenting our position for points. We preach praying that our message will convince our audience and effect a change in them.

  • We seek to soften the heart
  • We seek to move the soul
  • We seek to quicken the spirit

But we are aware that it doesn’t happen always or even often. The most effective ministries reach but a tiny fraction of those near them.

So the preacher has, as a second objective; faithfulness to the message. He seeks to be so clear that those who are not convinced are left without excuse.

To bring a compromised message will not gain any more converts.  (Though it might, for a time, gain a following.) What a compromised message will do is leave the audience confused as to God’s expectations. Therefore, further into this chapter, God urged the prophet not to be rebellious as the people were rebellious. They needed him to be faithful to the Word even if they would not obey the Word.

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