Week 46 Day 2
Monday (Ezekiel 21 – 22)
Ezekiel was instructed to prophesy against Jerusalem and in so-doing he invited the Lord God to initiate a no-turning-back judgment.
He was also instructed to “… groan with an aching heart and bitterness” so that the people would ask why, and he was to reply “ Because of the report that has come …”
When have you observed someone’s emotional response and been brought to a greater awareness of the depth of significance of an event?
Ezekiel prophesied “O city, who spills blood within herself (which brings on her doom), and who makes herself idols (which results in impurity), you are guilty because of the blood you shed and defiled by the idols you made. You have hastened the day of your doom …”
The Lord declared “I looked for a man from among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one.”
[Note: He could find no leader to call the people
to repentance and therefore their cultural decay was too
deeply-embedded to rescue. In the past the Lord God was able to
a Nehemiah to “stand in the gap” and to literally “repair the
wall” but now He could not find someone to do the same for the
hearts of the people.]
He then announced the initiation of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, followed by the prophesies against the nations, and finally the lamentations of the nations.
[Note: This should sound familiar. Similar
prophesies were given to other prophets in prior texts of these
studies. God is consistent and persistent.]
Because the people had sold-out any shred of integrity before the Lord the king of Babylon felt free to make excuses to breach his agreements with them as they had breached their covenant with God.
There’s a profound difference between secular and sacred “They do not distinguish between the holy and the profane, or recognize any distinction between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 2:26b
Dear Lord, Have we forgotten that as Your children we have been set-apart? We commit the terrible blasphemy of syncretism when we mix Your perfect truth with the partial truths and falsehoods of the world, then treat them as if they have equivalent value. May I be watchful against any drift into the rationalization of moral equivalence. Amen. dmc2016