Wednesday, March 29
Ezekiel never fails to leave us with descriptive imagery and analogies. Today is no exception, Ezekiel has left us a list of vivid images that reveal the plans for numerous groups of people. The people of Assyrica, Elam, Meshek, Tubal, Edom, Princes of the North, Sidonians, Judah, and Egypt all fall to the sword of Babylon. In the visual above, I have charted what this decline tends to look like. NOTE: The Bible does not explicitly say that each of these groups fell in the same exact way; we do not know the details. However, we can say that each group of people did not follow God with their hearts and minds, which led to their fall from the sword of Babylon.
Ezekiel’s second calling as a watchman is also a significant event. Thanks to Jeff Fletcher, we have a great recount of his first calling. Once again, God uses repetition to stress the importance of the event. However, we can fall into an easy misconception that we as people are responsible for changing people and making them believe in the one true God and the hope we have in the eternal kingdom. We cannot change people. Only God through the work of the Holy Spirit can change our hearts and minds. As shown through the example of Ezekiel as a watchman, we are responsible for planting seeds and illuminating the light of God. We are called to holy lives, set aside from the world. The Holy Spirit works in wondrous ways, bandaging wounds and changing hearts that we as humans cannot do. It is our responsibility to share our faith and hope, but not our responsibility to change someone. It can be frustrating not seeing the immediate results of our witnessing, but rest easy knowing God IS working!
I often find solace and motivation to keep on from Matthew 5:16:
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”
May God bless you and your peers today as you share the Good News and hope we have in the return of our Savior!!