Friday, November 12 2010
Verse of the Week: V6 “And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou doest dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellions house.”
1. The Rebel (V1-3)
V3 “And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against Me: they and their fathers have transgressed against Me, even unto this very day.”
Prophet Ezekiel preached and warned the people of Israel that God’s judgment shall be upon them unless they repent of their sins. Yet the people refused to repent and continued to rebel against God. It was a tragic day for the people of Israel who were supposed to be the people of God yet they became rebels. The people who hurt God most are the professing Christians who worship God every Sunday but live like a devil the rest of the week. It is easy to be a professing Christian but hardest to be a true Christian of God.
2. The Rude (V4-8)
V4 “For they are impudent children and stiffhearted, I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.”
The people of Israel were not only rebels but were rude and stubborn. They were so bent to do evil that they would kill prophet Ezekiel than to listen to his preaching and warning of God’s impending judgment. How could Ezekiel not be afraid of these evil people who threatened to kill him? But praise God, the Lord who calls Him, shall protect Him.
V6 “And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou doest dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”
3. The Roll (V9-10)
V9 “And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;”
Ezekiel saw a scroll of a book with severe warnings and judgments of God because of the rebellion of the people of Israel. There shall be lamentations, mourning and troubles everywhere as the people of Israel reaped the consequences of their sins and rebellion.
V10 “And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please grant me the courage to obey You in spite of fierce opposition.