Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 30th: Ezekiel 24-26, John 13:21-38 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 24-26; John 13:21-38

Ezekiel had been preaching a message that was not well received and was likely making him less than popular among his neighbours.  But at least he had a home and a wife he loved deeply.  Until God used the death of his wife as an object lesson to the Jews.

What could be worth that?  Jeremiah was called to bachelorhood, Hosea was told to marry an unfaithful woman - but Ezekiel married a woman he loved, and his ministry required that he lose her suddenly.  Why?

Rayburn says: there are greater, higher interests than those of our lives in this world, our personal happiness and fulfillment in life. The judgment of the nation, the rupture of the covenant, the destruction of Jerusalem, the razing of the temple of the Lord, the death of thousands and the exile of thousands more, the purification of the people of God; all of these are of much greater consequence and moment...... there are more important things than even the solemnities of mourning a loved one. A wife can be taken from a loving husband as a sign only if that which her death signifies is something so consequential, so important, so needing to be understood that even a great love lost is a price worth paying to make people take heed.

There is always purpose in our suffering, but so often we don't know what that purpose is, at least not at the time.  But Ezekiel knew.  Knowing it likely didn't make it any easier for him to bear personally, but he counted the cost of following God faithfully, and he chose to pay the price.

Are we willing to do the same?

Our NT passage reminds us that it is by our love that the world will recognize our faith.  Do we love in such a noticeable way?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Ezekiel 27-29; John 14


Nathan Reimer said...

John 13: 34 and 35

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

These verses clearly show how we need to act towards one another in church. It shows a poor example when we are selfish or talk bad about about anyone else in our churches. When non Christians visit our churches, do they notice the love we have for each other? A good reminder for myself

Conrad said...

Jesus knows what is coming and that He will endure a long, painful death because of our sins. Yet He instructs Judas to act out his intentions so that God's plan will be fulfilled - the plan of salvation. Now that's an act of love!

Grade 1 said...

Again, reading the message Ezekiel hears from God reminds me just how timeless the Bible is. The same sinfulness and unrepenting natures exist today. So easy to see their shortcomings....not as easy to see ours.