Happy September 1st my friends,
It won’t be long before there will be an autumn chill in the air. May you continue to enjoy the last fruits of summer 🙂
The book of Ezekiel was written by Ezekiel. He was among the 2nd group to be taken into captivity in Babylon. I suspect that until this very moment in his life he had not been a prophet. But God was about to use him in ways he had not imagined before.
Ezekiel could only speak when the Lord prompted him to proclaim His message. Unless he was prophesying for God he could not speak; that is not until Jerusalem has fallen (Ezekiel 33). Again even though this book was written for another time and another people, we will find personal applications within its pages for us today.
For instance did you notice in chapter 3 the following words, “give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.” “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and …etc. and the same holds true for a righteous person. Ezekiel is to warn both sides – to speak truth to both sides the righteous and the unrighteous – the followers and the non-followers.
We may not be prophets as Ezekiel was, but today, like Ezekiel, we have a responsibility to speak God’s truth to others. We have a responsibility to share with those who do not know God that message that He is God and that we have sinned against him and are sinning against God; the news that we must turn from evil and turn to God. We have a responsibility to tell fellow Christians when they have slipped and are walking in dangerous territory, when they have drifted far away from the God they serve (much as the children of God did in the Old Testament). We have a responsibility to warn them. Like Ezekiel our job is to speak, whether they listen or not is up to them. But we must do our part!
Until next time – Be encouraged!