In Today's Scripture
God addressed Ezekiel as a watchman unto the house of
When the inevitable judgment had taken place as foretold by Ezekiel, the Lord told him to say: Ye . . . lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land? . . . ye work abomination (do detestable sins) . . . As I live, surely they . . . shall fall by the sword, and . . . die of the pestilence. For I will lay the land most desolate. . . . Then shall they know that I am the LORD (33:25-29). This was all fulfilled as prophesied by Ezekiel on the day of his wife's death (24:18,25-26). And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity . . . one that had escaped out of
Ezekiel proclaimed that holy living was the Israelites' responsibility in their Covenant relationship with God. This was rejected by those unwilling to forsake their sins. Times have not changed; living a godly life is equally unpopular today with many professing Christians who love what the world can offer for the gratification of the earthly nature (I John 2:15-17). Like the Israelites, many people today talk about the love of God while ignoring His command to act righteously. As ye have yielded your members (body parts) servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity (sins leading to more sins); even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness (sanctification). . . . for the end of those things (sin) is death (Romans 6:19,21).
As the Shepherd (Ezekiel 34:23). Jesus said: I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep (John 10:14).
34:14 fat =b> rich, the best; 34:27 served themselves of them =b> enslaved them; 36:3 an infamy of =b> slandered by.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Dr. & Mrs. John A. Hash and in memory of Florence M. Turner · Government Officials: Rep. Stephanie Jones (OH), Rep. James Oberstar (MN), Sen. John Sununu (NH), and Rep. Albert Wynn (MD) Country: Latvia (3 million) eastern coast of Baltic Sea in northeastern Europe Major languages: Latvian and Russian Religious freedom 20% Protestant; 20% Roman Catholic; 15% Russian Orthodox; 1% Jewish Prayer Suggestion: Bow before the Lord in a godly reverence as you pray and worship (Exodus 34:8).
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 103:11