Grieving with God – Ezekiel 9-12 – September 3

“Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it”.

Again reading the book of Ezekiel has its moments of challenge for me… but each day it seems I am able to get an application out of it for today.  Today’s application while easy to see is a strong call to all of God’s people.  We are a people who are quickly becoming desensitized to the things that God detests. Many of us don’t even notice the sin that is taking place amongst the world. We don’t notice the injustices and the just plain wrong doing of others. Even atrocities to others don’t seem to move us to action or phase us anymore.  I am sad to admit that, that is me all too often.

The question for the day is “Are you grieving and lamenting over the detestable things that God is grieving over?  Perhaps another question that should be asked is do you even know things grieve God?

Until next time,

Sandra

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3 Responses to Grieving with God – Ezekiel 9-12 – September 3

  1. Jack Bass says:

    This is Marian, and I am sorry to say I am not lamenting over things like I used too. Things used to affect me more. I think it is easy to get used to the things of this world. I don’t think we do know how things grieve God. I am reading a little ahead of you but God says His name is to be Hallowed and He talks against those who don’t respect His name. I think how we carlessly watch movies that use the Lords name in vain. We are responsible for what we see and hear and yet we shrug it off by saying we can’t watch anything if we turn it off because of a little language . It is sad…..

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    • Sandra Perdew says:

      Well my friend, I would agree with you to some extent. I agree we need to be careful what we watch, read and listen too, but God is more concerned with our heart and with people. I think we can become so caught up in the legalistic letter of the law that we miss the point. For instance we may never swear, never watch another movie or program with bad language; we may tithe our money as God has called us too, and we may dress appropriately; yet, right outside our doors, people are going hungry, people are going homeless, women are being sold into slavery, and children are dying of abuse everyday, etc.. You are right in that we need to live a pure life before God, but there is so much more to leading a holy, glorified life before God. I am just now beginning to see and learn this for myself.

      If we want to know what breaks the heart of God and what He is grieving over we must keep in God’s Word daily and go before Him in earnest prayer every day! . Not just when we have a need or want something! In fact our prayer life has got to change to be more about God then us (that thought just hit me between the eyeballs – I believe that was from God to me). Reading and prayer is where it starts but there is one more vital step, and perhaps this is the hardest step of all; we need to put feet to our faith. When convicted we need to go and turn off the TV (to use your example). When we see people who have no food or water we need to feed them and not worry about external circumstances. They are many, many things happening in our world that are wrong today, and we can do something about them. We don’t need a committee or a group or any of those other things (if we do God will provide them), we simply need to be ready, willing and do what we can with what we have – God will do the rest.

      What would that look like in your life or my life – it might be getting active in stopping the selling of young gals to the sexual trade. It might be getting involved in helping to stop the sale of pornography in a local store. It might be writing letters to those who can do something when I feel powerless. It might be writing to bring awareness to a need. This is just a very short list. There are probably hundreds of things that can be done. And most of them are most likely not big things. But first I must be willing and then second I must take action as the Lord leads. Your statement and question has truly touched me in ways I had not expected. This answer is much more about me than you! As a result the rest of this week in my prayer time I am going to be asking God what is breaking His heart, and the next question will be what is it you want from me in regards to what He has revealed. Thank you Marian!

      Thanks for taking time to share. I so appreciate it when people do!

      Hugs my friend,
      Sandra

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  2. Jack Bass says:

    Ezekiel 9. This chapter is all about Gods wrath being poured out on Jerusalem. He summoned six individuals and they appeared from the North gate of Jerusalem with the weapons they needed for the job at hand. God instructed them in how they were to go about the killing of the people in the city. One of these men had a writing kit and God told him to go into the city and place a mark on the foreheads of the ones who were actually sorry for their part in the worship of false Gods and Idols. God told the six men they were to kill everyone except the ones who had the mark on their foreheads. This included women and children. It seems kind of extreme but them I’M not God and he had put up with these hard heads and their rebellion for a long time. When the killing begin Ezekiel fell on his face and asked the lord if he was going to kill the entire population of Jerusalem.Verse 10 God says to Ezekiel So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done. The last verse the man with the writing kit returned and said I have completed what you asked me to do. I guess his only job was to mark the ones in the city who would survive Gods anger. I guess this might be where we get the term Grim reaper from. A pretty grim picture anyway and should make people who think only of God as being a very nice humble old Grandpa kind of guy. He had to clean up this mess and it reminds me of what he did to Sodom and Gomorrah except here he allowed more to live.

    Chapter 10. This entire chapter is about the burning of the city of Jerusalem. How its done is a bit hard to understand but I feel like God is represented by the the Cherubim because in Verse 5 we read The sound of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far away as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks. These same Cherubim and the birds with all the different faces were in another chapter we have read already and I feel like it is Gods presence in them. We also have the Glory of God leaving the temple. He is sick and tired of all the shenanigans that have gone on there with the people complete degrading of his house with Idol worship. He is leaving for good I think. I hate to make a concrete statement because so many times I find out later that I was wrong. I have observed in my reading of this chapter that no mention of how the fire destroyed the city. I don’t know why that isn’t mentioned. Maybe that will come later but for now I assume it was burned to the ground.

    Chapter 11. The latter verses of the chapter sees God leaving the Temple for good. He is fed up with all the so called leaders of the Temple and people. They have defiled the temple in every way with their worshiping other Gods when they should know they serve only the real God. What made it particularly bad was they thought they hid their worship by hiding away in rooms of the temple and worshiped their Idols. They forget God sees us all the time. He still shows mercy with a remnant of the people in Jerusalem being allowed to live. His attention now turns to the captives in Babylon. He will make a covenant with them if they behave themselves that one day he will restore them back to their homeland. A very complicated read especially for me.

    Chapter 12. The only parts of this chapter I understand is God telling Ezekiel he is dealing with a bunch of people that don’t listen to him and won’t believe what he is telling them about the upcoming devastation to Jerusalem and all of Israel. The people have heard his before and take it to mean it is an event that is to happen a long time off. God tells him that he is to tell the people that this time its for real and will happen soon. We find in the new testament that Peter in 2 Peter 3:3-4 says In all generations, there have been echoes of this same attitude. The apostle Peter declared that, “In the last days, mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, from the day the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” Are we listening today. The message I hear is that time is growing short. All things are in place for the second coming of Jesus to claim his church. In Christ, Jack.
    Father God. I feel more like you are coming soon and its hard for me to wait because I want to see Jesus face to face. Jesus is real and he is my savior. You gave him to me when he was crucified for my sins. What a show of love for me when he did that. I love you Lord Be with me as I travel this rocky road of life. I seek your blessings on my church as well as our missionaries. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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