Thursday, September 24, 2015
Thursday, September 24th: Ezekiel 11-13, John 10: 24-42 ~ Nathan
Ezekiel again prophesied about the judgement coming to the Israelites. This also again reminds me of the judgement we will all face. I think of people around me who have backslidden and also of those who to me show a good example of how God wants us to live. It will one day be too late for us to change.
One verse that stood out to me was in chapter 12:16,
"But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the Lord .”
Were these few Jews convicted of their sin and therefore wanting to be forgiven and changed? It wasn't too late for them, they could still do what God wanted. Just like it's not too late for anyone alive today.
In our New Testament reading we read again how the Jews didn't believe that Jesus was God's son. We see this over and over again, and Jesus uses many ways to show them who He really is. These Jews weren't stupid people, and yet they can't grasp something that to us is obvious.
We believe largely because we've read the Bible, believe it, and have experienced the Holy Spirit in our lives. We also see God at work in both creation around us, and in how he works in our lives. These Jews were smart people, but wouldn't allow themselves to fully embrace and accept what God was doing, even though they were well taught in Old Testament law. Am I allowing God to work in me? Or am I not being open to what He wants?