THEN THEY WILL KNOW

Ezekiel the watchman was warning the people that an invasion was coming because God had seen their sins and was about to punish them.  The people had turned to all the world around them had to offer—idols of man that promoted behaviors that would soon destroy their souls.  Sin is all that is not of God.  Sins of perversion hurt from the inside out and outside in, destroying the body with sicknesses while killing all that stands in the way of a voracious appetite to satisfy self. 

At the end of it all, and there is an end which leads to death, there is disgust and dismay that seeps in like a cancer.  All that is God with all that is good for has been abandoned.  When mankind’s sin becomes so great it disgusts us as much as it disgusts God who has the opposite life waiting for us to grab hold of; then it is time to repent before our sins lead us to death.  Only then will they know God and the full extent of His unconditional love, compassionate mercy and relentless grace. 

I pray that our sins become so disgusting to us that we run to Jesus for forgiveness and cleansing.  I pray that we lean on God’s Holy Spirit who gives us power and wisdom to never turn back to the disgusting mess we were in before He saved us.  I trust in Jesus to help us by His Spirit in our new life with God, the Father.  Then we will know just how incredibly loved we are by the One and Only who loved us first and forever.

Ezekiel 6, The Message

Turn Israel into Wasteland

1-7 Then the Word of God came to me: “Son of man, now turn and face the mountains of Israel and preach against them: ‘O Mountains of Israel, listen to the Message of God, the Master. God, the Master, speaks to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and the valleys: I’m about to destroy your sacred god and goddess shrines. I’ll level your altars, bust up your sun-god pillars, and kill your people as they bow down to your no-god idols. I’ll stack the dead bodies of Israelites in front of your idols and then scatter your bones around your shrines. Every place where you’ve lived, the towns will be torn down and the pagan shrines demolished—altars busted up, idols smashed, all your custom-made sun-god pillars in ruins. Corpses everywhere you look! Then you’ll know that I am God.

8-10 “‘But I’ll let a few escape the killing as you are scattered through other lands and nations. In the foreign countries where they’re taken as prisoners of war, they’ll remember me. They’ll realize how devastated I was by their betrayals, by their voracious lust for gratifying themselves in their idolatries. They’ll be disgusted with their evil ways, disgusting to God in the way they’ve lived. They’ll know that I am God. They’ll know that my judgment against them was no empty threat.

11-14 “‘This is what God, the Master, says: Clap your hands, stamp your feet, yell out, “No, no, no!” because of all the evil obscenities rife in Israel. They’re going to be killed, dying of hunger, dying of disease—death everywhere you look, people dropping like flies, people far away dying, people nearby dying, and whoever’s left in the city starving to death. Why? Because I’m angry, furiously angry. They’ll realize that I am God when they see their people’s corpses strewn over and around all their ruined sex-and-religion shrines on the bare hills and in the lush fertility groves, in all the places where they indulged their sensual rites. I’ll bring my hand down hard on them, demolish the country wherever they live, turn it into wasteland from one end to the other, from the wilderness to Riblah. Then they’ll know that I am God!’”

WHAT DO WE LEARN—HOW DO WE RESPOND TODAY?

Ezekiel was instructed to “face” the mountains, hills, ravines, and valleys of the land because the idolatry of Israel had defiled them. Of course, the physical terrain itself had not sinned but the Jewish people who had polluted the Holy Land by erecting their “idols all around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every thick oak.” 

Idols became the gods they worshipped because manmade idols gave them permission to sin in all kinds of perverted ways.  They even sacrificed their children to these idols along with other orgies of evil. God was all but forgotten.  But God would remind them who He is and who was still in control over His created by cleansing the land of the sin that made life ugly and disgusting—even to the sinners! 

We have idols we worship without thinking.  Stop and think, then.  What idols get in the way of our full attention and worship of God?  What will it take for God to get our attention?

“Against the background of this nationwide slaughter, Ezekiel reminded the people of the grace of God in sparing a remnant, a topic that he had illustrated when he had put some of the shaved hair in the hem of his garment (chapter 5). He would mention the remnant again in subsequent chapters. That a remnant of faithful people would be spared was part of the covenant promise of God.” –Warren Wiersbe, Wiersbe Study Bible

In our world, are we behaving as the believing “remnant” who will never turn from God or behaving like those who have forgotten God?

We have only two choices.  We do or we don’t believe God. So, the question we must ask ourselves daily for clarification of our relationship with God is this: 

Do I really believe who God is and what God says really real? 

The answer to this question will be reflected in our thinking and behaving all day long, every day of our lives on earth.  Our decided choice is a matter of life or death forever. 

Lord,

I pray for all who are reading this to really know You personally with hearts desires to hear your voice above all other voices this world is shouting to us daily.  I pray obedience follows our hearing of You quickly.  May we run to you, be with you, love you back and wait for your words of direction.  I choose you because of your love for me.  There is no one like you!  You are God alone and desire all our attention and praise with grateful hearts.  Transform us daily to more and more like you, dear Jesus.  Thank you for saving us from ourselves.

In Jesus Name, For Your Glory, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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