THE BOILING POT
Suggested Reading: Ezekiel 24-25
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Key Verse: Ezekiel 24:14
“I, the Lord, have spoken it;
It shall come to pass, and I will do it;
I will not hold back,
Nor will I spare,
Nor will I relent;
According to your ways
And according to your deeds
They will judge you,”
Says the Lord God.
Ezekiel 24 has three illustrations which provide a picture of judgment. (1) The cooking pot. (2) The loss of Ezekiel’s wife. (3) Ezekiel has not spoken for some time, and now he speaks again. The reason for all this is found in verses 24b and 27b…that “you shall know that I am the Lord God!” Ezekiel’s knowledge of the future siege of Jerusalem (24:2) constitutes a confirmation of his genuine, God given, prophetic gift. Our key verse points to the fact that judgment is “according to your ways…your deeds, they will judge you!” The Judge on the bench simply recognizes facts and passes sentence accordingly. The people are their own worst enemy, bringing judgment upon themselves. It’s not God’s fault!
Ezekiel 25 points out that Israel is not alone in the destruction they’ve brought on themselves. Neighbouring countries also suffer the consequences of their sins.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I repent of my sin, and according to Your promise You forgive me (1 John 1:5-10, Psalm 51:1-4). I pray that I will turn 180 degrees away from sin. I realize that while I’m forgiven, sin still has its consequences in my life, my family, and my community. I cry out for purity of heart, mind and deeds. I do so in the Name of the only Person who never sinned, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve just watched the new movie, Son of God, on the big screen. The scene of Peter’s sin in denying that he even knew Jesus was so powerful. The producers may have been easy on Peter because, while the Scriptures say Peter “began to curse and swear,” I don’t think I heard the cursing and swearing (read Matthew 26:69-75). I must purchase a DVD copy of this movie when it becomes available and view it again and again. The events of Jesus’ life were there with great strength, even though the order of those events may have been changed somewhat. A movie producer must be given the leeway to cover the material as he or she (Mark and Roma) see fit (for a 100 Huntley Street interview with this amazing husband and wife team, click here for part one and here for part two).
I was thrilled to see that several big-budget movies are coming out this Spring which are featuring the fact that, as Hebrews 11:6-7 says, “He that comes to God must believe that He is!” There’s Noah (click here for the movie trailer), Heaven Is For Real (click here for the movie trailer), God’s Not Dead (click here for the movie trailer), and Mom’s Night Out (click here for movie trailer). Four such movies in one season represent quite a shift in Hollywood. My good friend, Dr. Ted Baehr, is “Salt and Light” in Hollywood (check out his “Movieguide” website).
Yours in support of powerful visuals, as well as words, which, like Ezekiel’s word pictures (a boiling pot), convey “Truth!”