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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)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

As I read Ezekiel today, the image of the city I reside in keeps coming to mind as if those visions the Lord allowed Ezekiel to see were referring to what I also see around me. While He is patient to wait for repentance to come, it is also painfully clear that God is resolute in carrying out His judgment. May we take Him seriously at His word and continue to pray for the lost.

“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.” (Hebrews‬ 5:11) we need to watch out my attitude toward God’s Word. Are we putting my effort to understand what God says to me? Pray the Holy Spirit help us.

Pray that I'd have the appetite to feed myself with God's word, not just from sermons or commentaries. There are so much more from the Scripture which are seldom preached because it's not popular to trump doom and gloom.
He wants us to know not just His grace, mercy but also His justice.

Also pray for the youth of our church having a heart to know Jesus more and willing to set some time to 'feed' on the Scripture.

Jesus is an example of what a high priest should be like, being obedience yourself, and then helping and encouraging others. Although Jesus was God, he did the things humans should do to show us what a perfect example is.

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