Sunday, August 28, 2016
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016: Ezekiel 13-15 ~ Jay
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 13-15
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezekiel 16-17
A I read through today’s passage, the below items made an impact on me.
1) False Testimony- Ezekiel 13:2-8 describes God’s judgement that will come upon those who used His name to spread false prophesies and messages. I thought of my own anger when I hear of someone who uses my name to validate an initiative or agenda that they are promoting either in a work or personal situation. How much more impactful would it have been in the Old Testament and even today when one uses Gods name to promote their own personal agenda. I need to be ground in God’s Word and constantly in communication with Him through prayer to have that grounding so I am able to discern between those who are aligned with God’s true mandate and those with an alternative motive.
2) What do I Worship? - Ezekiel 14:2: 3 “Son of man, these leaders have set up idols[a] in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests? We too pray and ask God for guidance and deliverance in certain situations but why should he listen to our requests? Have we established idols in our own hearts that get in the way of communication with God? It is a personal challenge to me to be genuine and pray for God’s assistance in the removal of “idols” from my life so that my communication with God can be more effective.
3) Would God Consider me Wood or a Vine?- In Ezekiel 15:2-6 God describes the people of Jerusalem as vines and contrasts them with wood. They both grow in the forest but one (vine) is fairly useless in terms of making anything of value out of it and is burned up quickly in the fire yielding little value even in terms of heat. The obvious contrast is a tree which has great value in terms of constructing items and BTU (heat) value. In considering my life and my witness / service for God- would God consider me a vine or a tree? I need to take stock and daily have a heart that is open to God’s leading and a willingness to be utilized for His service.