Ezekiel 6

Ezekiel 6

Vs. 8, “But I will spare some, for some of you will escape the sword when you are scattered among the lands and nations.” The past couple of chapters, we would see Ezekiel doing different signs to show them of the impending judgment, but now God would have Ezekiel speak to them.  When Joshua and the Israelites orginally entered the Promised Land, they did not get rid of what is often mentioned the “high places”.  In our chapter, Ezekiel would refer to these (vs. 3-5) as things His people were still not willing to let go of.

 

Regarding application…Knowing God.  Vs. 14, “And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblah a—wherever they live. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”  Question: Do you know the Lord?  Often times discipline comes because we have forgotten who our authority is.  God brought upon calamity because the people had forgotten about God.  Of course, in their minds they knew who Yahweh was, but in their hearts…well, that was a different story.  Sometimes, the only way for God to get our attention is simply because we really don’t know Him.  This week, we fill our heads with all sorts of knowledge from school, work and life.  But, let’s fill our hearts more importantly with the knowledge of our Lord through His living word!

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Jeremiah 28

Vs. 16, “Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.”  Yikes!  God doesn’t mess around when it comes to false prophecy!  While Jeremiah was wearing the yoke around his neck and proclaiming doom, there was another so-called prophet Hananiah who was prophecying a false message.  So false that it gave a message of hope and God returning His people sooner than originally prophecied by Jeremiah.  And the others in Judah soaked it up because: who really wants to hear bad news?  Everyone wants to hear good news and Hananiah was there to give it.  Much like the “Health & Wealth” Gospels of today.  Hananiah’s message of peace would end up being a message of destruction to himself.

 

Regarding application…Knowing the Truth.  Vs. 9, “But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”  The more we know the truth in God’s word, the more we will be able to tell when a false prophet/teacher are preaching.  So many of have come and gone when it came to sharing the Bible or prophecies and they have proven to be false.  But Jeus would warn us that there will be many more in the future (Matthew 24).  God’s school of knowledge never has a summer break.  Everyday we must read and study His word so we can hear the voice of God!  This passage today serves as a very important reminder that we should never distort the word of God in our lives.  Know the truth and the truth will set you free!