Topic: Prompt Execution [October 13, 2016]
Text: Ezekiel 11:1-13
Key Verse: "And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?" (Ezekiel 11:13).
Ecclesiastes 8:11 says: "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil". The leaders of Israel during Prophet Ezekiel's ministry were stunned that fulfilment of prophecy could sometimes be executed speedily depending on God's unimpeachable wisdom. Ezekiel, led by the Spirit of God, had prophesied that Jerusalem's rebellion and idolatry would be punished with a captivity at the hands of the Babylonians. But twenty-five princes of Judah in Jerusalem, deceived by Jaazaniah and Paletiah, told the people that Jerusalem was too fortified to fall.
They contemned the prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah. This unbelief pushed them to look up to Egypt for support. God saw through them and declared in verse 2: "Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city", referring to the two men instigating the people to disbelieve the word of God as delivered by His servant. The outcome was the prophesy that: "Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD". This came to pass immediately in verse 13. It is impossible for God's word concern ing the unrepentant sinner not to manifest.
The Lord says with firmness that "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away" (Mark 13:31). Also in Luke 16:17, He said: "it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail". To avoid God's wrath, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon" (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus will soon return to the world to judge sinners. This prophecy will be fulfilled as that of His first coming was. How prepared are you?
Thought for the day: It is deadly to be caught on the wrong side of prophecy.
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