The LORD sends Ezekiel into ministry with some sobering words in Ezekiel 3:7, “the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me.” The LORD goes on further in Ezekiel 3:17-21 to tell him that as a “watchman” for Israel, he wasn’t responsible for the people’s response, but he was responsible to obey and give them warning. Ezekiel 3:17-19 says, "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.”
Of course people have done weird and strange things out of their own imagination, but the life of Ezekiel proves that just because something seems strange or far from ideal, that alone does not mean it isn’t God. Beginning in chapter 4, we see God had Ezekiel preach His message by demonstration in some unusual ways.
God desired to show the world His goodness and His ways through Israel. Because of Israel’s wickedness, He had to show the world His righteousness and judgments upon Israel instead. Ezekiel 5:15 says, “'So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes.”
As we look ahead to the coming days, where everything that can be shaken will be, Ezekiel 7:19 seems to have a lot of significance. It says, “'They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the LORD; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.” In the end, the only thing that will be able to save is the LORD; He is the only solid foundation.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan