Text: Ezekiel 1-4; Isaiah 25
Ezekiel is certainly fascinating as it opens with wild visions of the Lord and of the heavenly beings surrounding Him. The text then gets down to business as the prophet is charged with speaking truth to the nation of Israel, in spite of their hard hearts and unwillingness to listen. It is chilling and also appropriate for our ears when the Lord tells Ezekiel he is to be a watchman, and that his duty is to warn. To fail to do so brings grave consequences:
If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. (Ezekiel 3:18)
It may seem rude or impolite to warn people that their sin has consequences. Imagine not warnings someone that their house is on fire. It is always loving and proper to point out danger to others. And, God has given us that assignment. May we be bold!
in Him, Mike