Friday, December 3, 2010

Ezekiel 33

6 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

There is so much in this chapter I am not even sure what to focus on.

1. It is the way of the Old Covenant as seen in verse 20 "I will judge all of you by your own ways." Now we are judged by whether or not we are clothed in Christ's righteousness.

2. The grotesque reality of our palate to be "entertained" but not to apply ourselves. "So they come to you in crowds as if they were really ready to listen. They sit in front of you as if they were my people and hear your words, but they will not obey them. With their mouths they tell me they love me, but their hearts desire their own selfish profits."

To your people you are nothing more than a singer who sings songs and has a beautiful voice and plays a musical instrument well. They hear your words, but they will not obey them." v 32

We see the beauty of being doers of the word, and not hearers only, in Lois' comment about putting yesterday's verse into practice.

I find the whole concept of the watchman one hard to digest, when God puts a message on our heart to share with someone, and we don't, we will be held accountable. I would rather just be responsible for myself, like it says, it doesn't seem fair, but if we view ourselves as God's ambassadors, but then are not willing to carry the message through, clearly we are not acting in submission to him and we become as guilty as the party He is addressing.

Shailey said...

"The good works of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin,nor will the sins of evil people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins."vs-12

If after you do good and start doing bad because you tink that your goodness will still save you,you are wrong,God will forget all your good deeds .But if you are evil and do good and ask God to forgive you He will and God will forget all of your sins.

Elisa said...

"Tell them,'When sinful people die,it does not give me any joy.But when they turn away from there sins and live,that makes me very happy.And that is just as sure as I am alive,' announces the Lord and King.'So turn away from your sins!Change your evil ways!Why should you die,people of Israel? vs 11

God loves everyone,even those who do bad and he whants us to do good and tell others that he died for them and that he loves them.God is glad when you do good.

-Elisa

Prairie Chick said...

Oh la la.. Major lunch discussion over this one and the doctrine of faith versus works after my kids comments this morning. Good stuff. Fodder for discipleship for sure. :)

Chris said...

I got a lot in here this morning too. What an honor to be a watchman for God, but what obligation! I can just picture the noon-dialogue over there... :) I also noticed the lip-service without actions. Seems this comes at a timely moment for me.
I take comfort in vs.11 - "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live." Though God allows people to experience the ultimate consequence of sin, I love that He dearly wants to see us come to our senses and be washed in His grace.

Prairie Chick said...

so happy to see you share here today. love your thoughts.