Thursday, December 16 2010
Verse of the Week: V7 “And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”
1. The Idol (V1-7)
V5 “And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.”
Anything or anyone that comes between you and God is an idol. It can be your son, your daughter, your career, your hobby, etc. that you put above God. The people of Israel had many idols in their lives and God had to remind them time and again through His judgments that either He was the LORD of their lives or He was nothing to them.
V7 “And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”
2. The Heart (V8-10)
V9 “And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.”
A true Christian will hate sins and will desire to keep his heart pure and holy before God. Even if the true Christian sins, he will feel guilty and will ultimately repent of his sins by God’s grace. However, the false Christian will not repent but will continue in sins.
V10 “And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.”
3. The Judgment (V11-14)
V11 “Thus saith the Lord God; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.”
God has His ways of judging and bringing His people to repentance of their sins either by wars, famine or diseases. At the end of the day, you will have to decide whether you will acknowledge God as the Lord of your life or He is nothing to you.
V14 “So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to submit to You and know that You are my LORD.