Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ezekiel 24-27: Weep for the Broken

I found out today that a godly couple I know had divorced.  My reaction was at first shock, then while trying to wrap my head around this information, I began to weep.  I had been close to the wife, but didn't know the husband well.  This couple had chosen to  follow the Lord and lead their children to do the same.  I did not understand.

As I type this post, I feel emotion stirring in me.  The enemy seeks to destroy and devour to tear apart and to separate.  He won a battle with my friends.  I began to think what hope do we have to live in a way that is pleasing to Abba?  Holy Spirit immediately began to minister to me revealing our only hope, Jesus. 

Form and tradition do not empower one to turn from sin.

The holy things we do cannot save us.

Power, position, and title do not make us immune from temptation. 

Our only hope is receiving the revelation that we cannot keep ourselves pure and holy, without spot or wrinkle, and concluding that the grace that Abba gives comes only be clinging to Jesus in humility.

Judah and Israel couldn't keep their hearts from evil.  And holy Father was disciplining them because of it.  As the surrounding countries watched God's anger poured out toward the sin that entangled His people, their pride rose up and their mouths began to ridicule those who were broken. 

Tyre cried no tears for a people who were called chosen by God, and because of their prideful, hardened hearts, they also received discipline.

Ezekiel 26:2-6
Amplified Bible

2 Son of man, because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, Aha! She is broken that has been the gate of the people; she is open to me [Tyre]; I shall become full now that she is desolate and a wasteland,

3 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you as the sea mounts up by its waves.

4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; I will also
scrape her dust from her and make her bare like the top of a rock.

5 Her island in the midst of the sea shall become a place for the spreading of nets, for I have spoken it, says the Lord God; and she shall become a prey and a spoil to the nations.

6 And Tyre’s daughters [her towns and villages on the mainland] in the level place shall be slain by the sword, and they shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, Who calls forth loyalty and obedient service].

Let's be mindful of our thoughts, words, and actions in regards to the broken.  Any of us at any time could find ourselves in the midst of a temptation, a fall, and brokenness.  Let's encourage each other, and not throw stones with our words.  In the great and awesome name of Jesus, AMEN!

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