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Ezekiel 3:16-6:14

I find verses 24 through 27, which are the last four verses in the third chapter very interesting. It’s not so much the words that are spoken to Ezekiel by God but what the reactions of the those watching him might be. I began thinking about what I would say, do and think if I saw a man doing and behaving like Ezekiel. Because I would only see or hear one side of his “conversations” with God, I would more than likely think he was a couple of French fries short of a Happy Meal.

Then the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; He spoke and said to me, Go, shut yourself up in your house. But you, O son of man, behold, ropes will be put upon you and you will be bound with them, and you cannot go out among people. And I will make your tongue cleave to the roof of your mouth so that you cannot talk and be a reprover of the people, for they are a rebellious house. But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to the people, Thus says the Lord God; he who hears, let him hear, and he who refuses to hear, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 3:24-27 AMP)

It is one thing to read the Word of God and just take it all in as if what is being spoken to the prophets is a normal day’s occurrence. If we really thought about how we would react if a serpent came up to us and began speaking like he did to Eve, how we read the Bible would probably take on a new sense of purpose. If the next-door neighbor went into his house, tied himself up with a rope and became reclusive, only speaking intermittently, and when he spoke, they were words of rebuke and judgment, how many of us would take him seriously? I doubt if I would.

Maybe our tendency to dismiss the odd balls amongst us is why we are not to judge situations and people based on mere appearance. Wisdom, godly Wisdom, as stated in the book of Proverbs, should be searched for as diligently as a prospector searches and pans for gold. It doesen’t just walk up to you and smack you in the face and proclaim, “Here I am.” Mabe some thoughtful introspection is needed when something strange this way comes. Maybe some time needs to be set aside to observe, think on and evaluate those strange “church” folk down the street.

I think I need to make some serious changes in my life.

There is a verse in the fifth chapter that has given me something to think about regarding our youth, the next generation,

Because of all your abominable practices, I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again. Therefore, fathers will eat their own children within you and children will eat their own fathers. I will execute judgments against you, and I will scatter to the wind any among you who survive. (Ezekiel 5:9-10 NET.)

We are a society that devours our own children for the sake of our own pleasure. Instead of protecting them, we expend them to pay for our own sins. They in turn, having learned this behavior from the generation that should have valued them and protected them, they turn and consume their parents having learned the lesson well.

Hebrews 4:1-6

I took note of something here that I had never paid attention to before, God’s rest has always been in existence since the foundation of the world.

3 … "In my anger I made a vow:
`They will never enter my place of rest,' "

even though his place of rest has been ready since he made the world.

I know none too few Christians who are looking forward to Jesus’ return because of the “rest” they believe they will receive from work. However, I think God’s rest is not like the rest we have envisioned. If God’s rest existed since creation, then Adam, before the Fall had to have lived in that rest. Yet Adam had a job. He took care of the Garden and He named the animals. It appears to me that rest and work do not cancel each other out and in God’s economy intersect and interact with each other.

Have you enjoyed your work today?

Grace and peace,

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