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Ezekiel 7-9:11 and Hebrews 5:1-14


Has anyone else noticed that the majority of the text written in the Bible confronts God’s folks, His people? Most of the admonishments, rebukes and judgments are not directed toward non-believers, but to believers: people who are suppose to be His people.

Notice:

The word of the Lord came to me: "You, son of man this is what the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel: An end! The end is coming on the four corners of the land! The end is now upon you, and I will release my anger against you; I will judge you according to your behavior, I will hold you accountable for all your abominable practices.
(Ezekiel 7:1-3 NET.)

And

On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing. For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God's utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.
(Hebrews 5:11-14 NET.)


I think all of us who call ourselves Christians should get a clue and realize that we are indeed call to witness to the unsaved in our family, community and to the world; however, our witness should not be of eloquent words, coercion or fear. We are not told to scare people into the kingdom of God. In fact the Word says that anything not done in faith is sin (Romans 14:23).But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJVR)

We are called to be a witness not to witness. Our witness is our lifestyle, our joy in the Lord, our love for one another. These things are what draw the unbeliever to Christ. But if we, believers, have to be told to stop murdering, cheating, slandering, etc. then our witness is non-existent and any words used to bring people to Christ are empty and hypocritical. . Let us begin to speak to a dying hurting world through our lifestyle, through our countenance and through the Fruit of the Spirit that grows in us when we stay attached to the Vine that is Jesus Christ. (John 15:5)

Mike just a small note on your comment:

>>They have sold out to other gods and idols and sin and don't really think God will do much about it. Well, God opens this chapter with strong words in verse 1: "The end is here!" God's patience has run out. But, keep in mind that God kept trying to get the Israelites to repent over and over and over again. They wouldn't.>>

The past couple of days I have been meditating on the following passage in Psalms:

Mercy and loving-kindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. (Psalms 85:10 AMP)

It seems that we like Israel and Judah want mercy without truth and I believe the above passage speaks of them going hand in hand, one without the other. When we cry out for mercy from God which is what we are doing when we call His name but ignore His commands, we are demanding mercy without dealing in truth. First, mercy is a gift and once it is demanded then it ceases to be a gift. Second, asking God for mercy when we fail to deal in the truth of our situation and issues is asking God to go outside of His character.

Judah, Israel and we, ourselves, demand God to do for us what we are unwilling to do for ourselves and well as failing to admit our sin and guilt. We cannot do four ourselves what God can do for us but if we want from God then we have to submit to His way of doing things; His righteousness and not our “meaning” of right thinking, right living, and right being. All of our stuff is as filthy rags.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; faithful love and truth go before You. (Psalms 89:14 HCSB)

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