I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King.” Then one of the seraphs took a burning coal and touched his lips, symbolic of the forgiveness and atonement that God bestowed on this one who was to be called of God for service. Collectively, these passages fulfill an ancient promise: “The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live” (Deut. The description of failure was the prelude to the prophet's declaration that what their kings had failed to do for the people, Jehovah would Himself do, and that by setting up one Shepherd over them, even David, the name being employed idealistically, and in reference to Messiah. I will spread out My net over thee with a company of many peoples.—Ezek. Bible scholar Richard Patterson has pointed out the numerous literary forms and genres present in Old Testament prophecy. The reply of the prophet, received directly from Jehovah, was twofold. Ezekiel speaks God’s word and does not make up his own. 24:37–44; 2 Peter 3:3–10). He is to speak to men in order that the righteous may be prevented from turning away from righteousness; and that the wicked may be persuaded to turn from wickedness, in order, in each case, that they may live. Help me to put away the filthy idols of my eyes and love You wholeheartedly! What are the two extreme. Rev. First it dealt with these men and denounced them. What will it be like when we see the Lord for the first time? He was a Christian and deeply devoted to missions, lending his support and encouragement to missionaries in India. Shortly after they arrived at the hilltop, a government official came and begged 12-year-old Ibaragi to recant his faith. That vision would be of the spiritual unity which has never been destroyed; nor can be; but which we have largely hidden from the world, and even lost sight of ourselves, through our differences and diversions, in non-essential things. This is the story of how God called him from being a useless priest to a greatly-used prophet. Even a quick read over this list shows how angry Jesus was when teachers and spiritual leaders crushed the people under unnecessary burdens and deadly hypocrisy. . The covenant would be renewed and the land restored (Ezekiel 34:25–31). Similar phrases occur something like 65 times in this book. 4:9), the fruit of his Spirit is peace (Gal. No one is so good that he can save himself; no one is so bad that God cannot save him. How did God call him to be a missionary? Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it, whereas the Lord was there.—Ezek. When it comes, it is thorough, complete, final. Their reaction was predictable: frustration and anger. He was thirty years old, plus four months and five days. Ezekiel received his prophetic calling at age 30, which was also when a priest usually began his ministry. We will answer to the all-knowing Judge for any behavior that violates His holy law. Without explaining the mystery completely, these texts supply much in the way of indictment against the angel called ""Lucifer"" (Isa. I was once told by a multi-millionaire, who was completely materialized, and had become boastfully cynical concerning Christianity, that perhaps the piety of his wife would secure him entry into heaven. Jesus explained to His disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They thought wealth was God’s stamp of approval rather than a potential competitor for the heart’s allegiance. We are called to be salt, to be light. He had been taken about 900 miles away and interred in a refugee camp just south of the great city of Babylon where Nebuchadnezzar had his palace and his hanging gardens. Egypt then was larger than it is now and included other areas of northern Africa. Is the reader one of the despised? Following the departure of God’s glory in chapter 10, Israel’s leaders were again condemned in chapter 11. God has smitten, and they are broken, and the sweet waters have passed away! In Jonah's mind, these people deserved God's wrath because of all they had done. Then we will bring honor to God’s name.— by Herbert Vander Lugt. He then repeated the previous week's sermon word for word. Let us look to the Lord alone. But here we are told they heard the voice when they stood and had let down their wings. There is only one date in the series of prophecies on that subject, which begin here and end with chapter 39. G Campbell Morgan - Life Applications. When David asked the Gibeonites how he could make amends, they demanded that seven men from the descendants of Saul be handed over to them to be hanged. No one had seen these letters before; no one even knew they existed! Sixty years after the city's famed cathedral was destroyed by Allied bombs during World War II, the church reopened for the first time. 19:16–30). Ezekiel 1:28-2:3 According to an article in The New York Times, the bullet was slowed by a New Testament he was carrying in his shirt pocket. So is he cast out and cast down. Perhaps you’ve been thinking you’re too bad to be forgiven. The actual words and thoughts of God are revealed in the Bible. This included a promise to keep the nation holy for His name’s sake—there would be no more cycles of rebellion and idolatry. Still, it was more than enough to put him facedown on the ground in reverence and holy fear. God is represented as broken. Something akin to that happens in Bible study. They were dishonest. Before long I was craving nice things and secretly feeling resentful over not having them. Perhaps because of their faithless response, the prophet had been temporarily muted by God, but now his tongue was released. Let’s live for the Lord—for His name’s sake. It looks pretty much like any other church you’ve been in. And God will fill your heart with song. If we’re going to serve God as we should, we need to see Him as He is. One way to detect an idol is to ask, “What do I think I must have in order for life to be good?” For example, a successful career, a stable family, or a nice home. There, on April 12, 1875, Henry Stanley wrote a letter appealing for workers to come and evangelize the region. He further promised to make him “unyielding and hardened” (Ezek 3:8), that is, strong, courageous, and persistent. He will also cleanse us from all our idols, whether of gold or of clay, our impure loves, and our excessive love of that which in itself is pure. 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