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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ezekiel 33

The Guard

Summary:
When a country is about to be attacked, the people appoint a guard to warn everyone when the army comes over the horizon. If you hear the warning and do nothing, then it's your own fault if you die. If the guard doesn't give the warning, then it's his fault. Ezekiel is this guard for Israel.

Israel moans in their sin, but God doesn't want them to die. He wants them to repent! Don't rely on your past, or let your past destroy your future. Whatever you choose to be from now will be what you are judged on. This is justice.

Ezekiel was informed that Jerusalem had fallen. Abraham was one good man and he had the land. Judah had thousands of people, but because of their sin, they could not keep the land. Those who have happened to survive will die in other ways. They cannot hide.

People loved to listen to Ezekiel and they always responded in the right ways, but they didn't put it into practice. Ezekiel was an entertainer for them.

Key verse:
31. My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.

My thoughts:
This is a massive challenge! I've been a church-going Christian for a long time, and I know that if you have half a brain then you can always say the right thing at the right time and people will think that you're an awesome Christian. But this means nothing to God. Hear God's Word and do what it says.

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