Knowing the Lord, again!

Ezekiel 6:10-12 “And they shall know that I am the Lord, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. Thus saith the Lord God; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.”

“He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.”

The prophet Ezekiel was sent to the House of Israel to proclaim God’s coming  judgement, an awful destruction and desolation which God had never done and will never do again upon the house of Israel. They had rebelled against God, hardened their heart to His reproof, and were only left to experience the severe consequences of their sin.  Ezekiel tells them that God’s judgment would be thoroughly delivered to those that were far off by pestilence, and to those that were near by sword, and to those that remain by famine. In other words, no one was exempt from His fury and no one could hide from His judgment.

It was His fury that God said, “Ye shall know that I am Lord.”  God says this statement four times in Ezekiel chapter six. Please note, that God is not talking to a people that did not know about Him or His ways.  Ezekiel 2:5-6 God tells Ezekiel, “For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel.  In other words, Ezekiel was sent to people that were very familiar with the stories of Yahweh. They had heard of His power that delivered their fathers from Egypt, His Holiness and demand of the Law, His strength to fight for them in Canaan land, and His mercy and grace portrayed through the ceremonial law and the priestly order. However, they only possessed an intellectual knowledge about God, not an experiential knowledge of a relationship with God. Yahweh had to introduce Himself to them again. Hello, I AM “Fury.”

Since Israel had neglected God’s warnings, God made one last attempt to get their attention. He unleashed His fury on the House of Israel, and only allowed a small remnant to live. He needed Israel to “know” that He was God! This reminds me of parenting. Sometimes, I have to remind my children that dad’s commands will not fall on deaf ears. God wants to be known, or He will make Himself be known.  I would rather know God through His love, mercy, and grace, than to ignore His commands and learn of Him again by His righteous indignation and fury.

Proverbs 29:1 “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

 

 

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