Posts Tagged With: Hebrews

An Attitude Of Bitterness Is No Excuse.


You know it’s been a while I wrote a blog post, when I had to use my password protect app to locate my WordPress username & password to login 😕

So here I am again, with a quick thought taken from my general reading through the book of Ezekiel. Have I ever mentioned that I love the books of Jeremiah & Ezekiel?

Do I understand everything from them? No…..but the more you read, the more God opens your heart to his Word.

As I read through Chapter 3 of Ezekiel, the verses 12-17 stood out to me. In these verses, you get a glimpse of the attitude of the prophet Ezekiel! Drawing in the immediate context of what is going on at this period, we understand that the captivity of Judah had already taken place; Nebuchadnezzar has besieged Judah & rounded up the choice men & women for Babylon. King Jehoiachin who was the king of Judah at the time, was also taken to captivity, Nebuchadnezzar instilled Zedekiah as the last king of the remnants of Judah. (2Kings 24:10-15)

Ezekiel who was one of the captives of Judah is called of God to be a prophet as he & the captives are dwelling at the river Chebar in the land of Babylon (Ezekiel 1:1-3)

​Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity, The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. Ezekiel 1:1-3

The commands of God to Ezekiel are clear,

1: Go preach to my people

2: Warn them to turn back to me

3: Tell them I have not forgotten them

4: Warn other nations of my judgments

Now prior to Ezekiel leaving to preach to the remnant of those captive, this is what is said of Ezekiel in terms of his attitude to the command of God “So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.” Ezekiel 3:14

Now bare in mind, Ezekiel had lived through some of the rebellious years of Judah, & grew up during the reign of King Josiah to Jehoiachin, so he had legitimate reason to be upset with his people for how they had disobeyed God.

Let’s not forget also that God makes it clear to Ezekiel that whilst he will have the ears of the people, they WILL not listen to him “But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.” Ezekiel 3:7

So Ezekiel was aggrieved & bitter in his spirit towards the people, but the Spirit of God was still strong on him as he took him to the captives. Showing that Ezekiel had a heart of obedience, even though he himself did not particularly like the task at hand, nevertheless he obeyed God.

Now whilst Ezekiel left in bitterness & anger to the people, his attitude changed during a period of 7 days as he sat amongst them “Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. Ezekiel 3:15

Ezekiel, once he had been amongst the remnant, no doubt seeing the state in which the people were in, his heart softened to the cause. This reminds me of Christ’s surmisings & compassion he had for the people in Matthew 9:36 that they were scattered like sheep with no shepherd.

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” – Matthew 9:36

Ezekiel would go on for 48 huge chapters obeying God, sometimes undertaking some of the most difficult tasks God had ever given to man, solidifying himself as a great prophet of God & a giant of the faith, but that was not how he started.

All of this to say this one simple fact; sometimes God calls us to obey him, when we may have our own reservations as to why we should not. Maybe a past hurt, or fear, past disappointments, disillusionment, doubts, inadequacy etc but regardless if we have these thoughts, just like Ezekiel, it should not stop us from obeying the command of God, in whatever capacity God has called us to. God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. Amen

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Do You See What God Sees?

birdseyeviewI ask that question because God is not limited by time, space or matter as we are. He transcends all these barriers; he is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. He views the course of our lives in an instant, whereas we view our lives primarily through the present and sometimes through the past. The future to us is shaped by our beliefs and trust in Christ’s promises, we are motivated to live our lives in a way which is most pleasing to him, and the promise of his Word, assures us our faith and hope in him will stand strong through the good and the bad times, as he has promised “he will never leave us, nor forsake us” – Hebrews 13:5

Yet………….

It can be all too easy for us to be caught up in our view of things, and our future can very much be clouded with our own worries and cares. In the midst of our turmoil, we lose the confidence we have in the Lord for whatever reason, and take matters into our own hands to the detriment of ourselves.

So I ask the question again; Do you see what God sees? Viewing situations we face through the eyes of the Lord helps us to see the grand picture the Lord is painting for our lives. Whilst we are pre-occupied with the one piece, God see’s the entire puzzle.

A great illustration of this is found in Exodus 23 and it concerns the children of Israel; In this chapter, God continues to give a set of covenant laws through Moses at Sinai to pass onto the children of Israel. Towards the end of the chapter, God speaks about the Promised Land and makes conditional promises to the Israelites, that if they are to obey his laws, that he will drive away the inhabitants of the land, in order that they may inhabit the land. In setting out his conditional promises to the Israelites, God states his perspective on how he was going to drive the inhabitants away from the land in order that the children of Israel might possess it. God writes these truths, and I think this highlights my point about God’s perspective in our lives

I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land. And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river:for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee” – Exodus 23:29-31

God’s plan was to drive the inhabitants away, but NOT in the time frame the Israelites might have thought! Now in their minds, as they waged war with Joshua to drive the inhabitants away from Canaan they might have been thinking, “how long or Lord” or “Has God forsaken us” as the battles wen’t on, but God knew if he had just instantly driven the inhabitants away, then the Israelites would have found more trouble in the shape of the wild animals occupying the land. This was a step by step carefully calculated plan to slowly ease the people into the land as they grew numerically stronger.

OldTownA great example for us today about how the Lord works. Friend! Are you feeling weary that as 2013 closes, it seems you are nowhere near where you want to be or perceive yourself to be? Well gladly remember this truth about the Lord, that he always has our best interests, many times the Lord does not give us instantly what we want, because he knows we are not yet ready for that. If he were to give us everything we asked for, then it may cause more problems than blessings, as we would not be able to handle it in our current state. “Little by little” he told his people “little by little”, so rather rejoice at how far the Lord has brought you this year, and anticipate another year in which he will bring you along that much closer in your Christian walk according to his will.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:wait, I say, on the Lord” – Psalm 27:14

Happy New Year

Sal

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What If Muhammad Had Never Been Born!

574720_346028842118123_123542454_nI plan to do a note on “what if Jesus Christ had never been born” but first! Let us see what sort of impact it would cause if Islam’s founder and foremost prophet had never entered this world.

Name: Muhammad Ibn `Abd Allāh Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib

Born: AD 600/700 *6th Century

Brief Profile: Islam’s founder and foremost greatest “prophet”. Muhammad was born in Mecca in the 6th century, it is written of him that he accompanied his uncle on trading journeys throughout the Middle East in his youth, but in terms of what he did specifically growing up, this is shrowded in mystery. There is a blurring of the lines between myth and actuality. Continue reading

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The World Was Not Worthy!

UnknownSoldierTomb_01 ~Throughout the world there are certain marked graves emblazoned with the title “Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier“. The purpose of these tombs is to commemorate those soldiers who fell unnamed in battle, the countless millions of them. You see for every decorated soldier, there are a dozen who go without a moment’s notice, hence these erected tombs serve the purpose of giving recognition to the silent fallen. A memorial to say “thank you for your valiant efforts, in answering the call of duty!” Continue reading

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