Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 24th: Ezekiel 1-4 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezekiel 1-4

The start of the reading today reminded me of something that we would read out of Revelation.

It starts out and talks about a vision from God to Ezekiel, who was a priest, and is mainly about God preparing Ezekiel to minister to a people that were lost.

Ezekiel 2:5
And whether they listen or fail to listen —for they are a rebellious people —they will know that a prophet has been among them.

I sense that the Israelites have already gone too far and God is ready to give them what they deserve, but is willing to try again to save anyone who is willing to listen to Him,

Ezekiel 2:7
You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious

God is preparing Ezekiel for a ministry, to a lost people that have learned about God but fail to devote themselves completely to Him,

Ezekiel 3:10-11
And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. [11] Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says,' whether they listen or fail to listen. ”

We live in a fallen world just like the Israelites did in the times we read about. They are being given another chance, whether they want it or not, to turn to God. What an awesome and loving God we serve, that He would give that many chances to turn to Him.

When I think about it, it blows me away how awesome and loving God is. He takes all our sin and forgives us (when we personally accept Him and ask for forgiveness) then welcomes us into heaven to be with Him forever! Amazing!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Jeremiah 27-28, Jeremiah 51:59-64

1 comment:

Tammy Reimer said...

The vision Ezekiel sees is amazing and he falls.down on the ground when he sees it - twice. Scenes like this are conspicuously absent in the heaven tourism books.

Like Ezekiel, our job is to speak the gospel, to give people the Truth. What they choose to do with it a not our responsibility, but telling them is.