November 16th, 2019

“But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words, though briers and thorns are beside you and you live among scorpions. Don’t be afraid of their words or be discouraged by the look on their faces, for they are a rebellious house. But speak My words to them whether they listen or refuse to listen, for they are rebellious.” Ezekiel 2:6-7

 

If you are anything like me, I like being liked. It kills me when I think someone doesn’t like me! I know, I know… as I tell the students, the only person whose opinion of us truly matters is God’s. As we read about the prophet Ezekiel, we find a pretty eccentric and occasionally odd individual. Throughout the book, we will read of times that he didn’t hesitate to make a public spectacle of himself because God instructed him to do so. If such behavior at times seems unusual, it should remind us that a person totally committed to God will always run the risk of being labeled “strange.”

 

We see in these first few chapters God consistently commanding Ezekiel to tell the people exactly what He says to tell them regardless of whether they accept it or not. Christians, God’s mandate to us is to speak and live the Gospel to everyone, regardless of whether they listen or not. Regardless of whether they accept it or reject it. There are two reasons why this is so vital: 1) at least they will know that a word from God has been delivered to them. That is, hearers will have no excuse. In the future, if they have rejected Him, they cannot say that it was because no one ever told them (although Romans makes it clear that we all know anyway). 2) We can never know whether our words will take root. Maybe it is initially rejected, but some later time they may flower leading the individual to accept the message later in life. Faithfully proclaim the Good News whether they listen or refuse to listen!

In Christ,

Kevin


One Response to “November 16th, 2019”

  1. Crystal Fraze says:

    YES HALLELUJAH AMEN

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