Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August Seventeen

~Good Morning~

God is ticked off!!! I am having a hard time with reading about this God and teaching my girls about God who is very loving and sweet

  • Does this man physically do this or is it to put a thought into his/our heads??.

"Son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a razor to shave your head and beard. Use a scale to weigh the hair into three equal parts. 2 Place a third of it at the center of your map of Jerusalem. After acting out the siege, burn it there. Scatter another third across your map and chop it with a sword. Scatter the last third to the wind, for I will scatter my people with the sword. 3 Keep just a bit of the hair and tie it up in your robe. 4 Then take some of these hairs out and throw them into the fire, burning them up. A fire will then spread from this remnant and destroy all of Israel.

Aren't children always saved? Why would they be punished if they are only going by what they are tought? This is where I am struggling with how children are taught…

10 Parents will eat their own children, and children will eat their parents. I will punish you and scatter to the winds the few who survive.

  • What is "the glory of God" here? I do not understand?

4 Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel was there, just as I had seen it before in the valley.

  • We are not suppose to accept marks on our hand or forehead. RIGHT? How would these people know what is right and wrong?
  • 4 He said to him, "Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city."
  • 5 Then I heard the Lord say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! 6 Kill them all—old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders.


 


 

Today's Scripture:

Ezekiel 5-9:11 (New Living Translation)

Ezekiel 5

A Sign of the Coming Judgment

"Son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a razor to shave your head and beard. Use a scale to weigh the hair into three equal parts. 2 Place a third of it at the center of your map of Jerusalem. After acting out the siege, burn it there. Scatter another third across your map and chop it with a sword. Scatter the last third to the wind, for I will scatter my people with the sword. 3 Keep just a bit of the hair and tie it up in your robe. 4 Then take some of these hairs out and throw them into the fire, burning them up. A fire will then spread from this remnant and destroy all of Israel.

5 "This is what the Sovereign Lord says: This is an illustration of what will happen to Jerusalem. I placed her at the center of the nations,6 but she has rebelled against my regulations and decrees and has been even more wicked than the surrounding nations. She has refused to obey the regulations and decrees I gave her to follow.

7 "Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You people have behaved worse than your neighbors and have refused to obey my decrees and regulations. You have not even lived up to the standards of the nations around you. 8 Therefore, I myself, the Sovereign Lord, am now your enemy. I will punish you publicly while all the nations watch. 9 Because of your detestable idols, I will punish you like I have never punished anyone before or ever will again. 10 Parents will eat their own children, and children will eat their parents. I will punish you and scatter to the winds the few who survive.

11 "As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will cut you off completely. I will show you no pity at all because you have defiled my Temple with your vile images and detestable sins. 12 A third of your people will die in the city from disease and famine. A third of them will be slaughtered by the enemy outside the city walls. And I will scatter a third to the winds, chasing them with my sword. 13 Then at last my anger will be spent, and I will be satisfied. And when my fury against them has subsided, all Israel will know that I, the Lord, have spoken to them in my jealous anger.

14 "So I will turn you into a ruin, a mockery in the eyes of the surrounding nations and to all who pass by. 15 You will become an object of mockery and taunting and horror. You will be a warning to all the nations around you. They will see what happens when the Lord punishes a nation in anger and rebukes it, says the Lord.

16 "I will shower you with the deadly arrows of famine to destroy you. The famine will become more and more severe until every crumb of food is gone. 17 And along with the famine, wild animals will attack you and rob you of your children. Disease and war will stalk your land, and I will bring the sword of the enemy against you. I, the Lord, have spoken!"

Ezekiel 6

Judgment against Israel's Mountains

1 Again a message came to me from the Lord: 2 "Son of man, turn and face the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them. 3Proclaim this message from the Sovereign Lord against the mountains of Israel. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills and to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring war upon you, and I will smash your pagan shrines. 4 All your altars will be demolished, and your places of worship will be destroyed. I will kill your people in front of your idols. 5 I will lay your corpses in front of your idols and scatter your bones around your altars. 6 Wherever you live there will be desolation, and I will destroy your pagan shrines. Your altars will be demolished, your idols will be smashed, your places of worship will be torn down, and all the religious objects you have made will be destroyed. 7 The place will be littered with corpses, and you will know that I alone am the Lord.

8 "But I will let a few of my people escape destruction, and they will be scattered among the nations of the world. 9 Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols. Then at last they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins. 10 They will know that I alone am the Lord and that I was serious when I said I would bring this calamity on them.

11 "This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Clap your hands in horror, and stamp your feet. Cry out because of all the detestable sins the people of Israel have committed. Now they are going to die from war and famine and disease. 12 Disease will strike down those who are far away in exile. War will destroy those who are nearby. And anyone who survives will be killed by famine. So at last I will spend my fury on them. 13 They will know that I am the Lord when their dead lie scattered among their idols and altars on every hill and mountain and under every green tree and every great shade tree—the places where they offered sacrifices to their idols. 14 I will crush them and make their cities desolate from the wilderness in the south to Riblah in the north. Then they will know that I am the Lord."

Ezekiel 7

The Coming of the End

1 Then this message came to me from the Lord: 2 "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:

"The end is here!
      Wherever you look—
   east, west, north, or south—
      your land is finished.
 3 No hope remains,
      for I will unleash my anger against you.
   I will call you to account
      for all your detestable sins.
 4 I will turn my eyes away and show no pity.
      I will repay you for all your detestable sins.
   Then you will know that I am the Lord.

5 "This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
   Disaster after disaster
      is coming your way!
 6 The end has come.
      It has finally arrived.
      Your final doom is waiting!
 7 O people of Israel, the day of your destruction is dawning.
      The time has come; the day of trouble is near.
   Shouts of anguish will be heard on the mountains,
      not shouts of joy.
 8 Soon I will pour out my fury on you
      and unleash my anger against you.
   I will call you to account
      for all your detestable sins.
 9 I will turn my eyes away and show no pity.
      I will repay you for all your detestable sins.
   Then you will know that it is I, the Lord,
      who is striking the blow.

10 "The day of judgment is here;
      your destruction awaits!
   The people's wickedness and pride
      have blossomed to full flower.
 11 Their violence has grown into a rod
      that will beat them for their wickedness.
   None of these proud and wicked people will survive.
      All their wealth and prestige will be swept away.
 12 Yes, the time has come;
      the day is here!
   Buyers should not rejoice over bargains,
      nor sellers grieve over losses,
   for all of them will fall
      under my terrible anger.
 13 Even if the merchants survive,
      they will never return to their business.
   For what God has said applies to everyone—
      it will not be changed!
   Not one person whose life is twisted by sin
      will ever recover.

The Desolation of Israel

14 "The trumpet calls Israel's army to mobilize,
      but no one listens,
      for my fury is against them all.
 15 There is war outside the city
      and disease and famine within.
   Those outside the city walls
      will be killed by enemy swords.
   Those inside the city
      will die of famine and disease.
 16 The survivors who escape to the mountains
      will moan like doves, weeping for their sins.
 17 Their hands will hang limp,
      their knees will be weak as water.
 18 They will dress themselves in burlap;
      horror and shame will cover them.
   They will shave their heads
      in sorrow and remorse.

19 "They will throw their money in the streets,
      tossing it out like worthless trash.
   Their silver and gold won't save them
      on that day of the Lord's anger.
   It will neither satisfy nor feed them,
      for their greed can only trip them up.
 20 They were proud of their beautiful jewelry
      and used it to make detestable idols and vile images.
   Therefore, I will make all their wealth
      disgusting to them.
 21 I will give it as plunder to foreigners,
      to the most wicked of nations,
      and they will defile it.
 22 I will turn my eyes from them
      as these robbers invade and defile my treasured land.

23 "Prepare chains for my people,
      for the land is bloodied by terrible crimes.
      Jerusalem is filled with violence.
 24 I will bring the most ruthless of nations
      to occupy their homes.
   I will break down their proud fortresses
      and defile their sanctuaries.
 25 Terror and trembling will overcome my people.
      They will look for peace but not find it.
 26 Calamity will follow calamity;
      rumor will follow rumor.
   They will look in vain
      for a vision from the prophets.
   They will receive no teaching from the priests
      and no counsel from the leaders.
 27 The king and the prince will stand helpless,
      weeping in despair,
   and the people's hands
      will tremble with fear.
   I will bring on them
      the evil they have done to others,
   and they will receive the punishment
      they so richly deserve.
   Then they will know that I am the Lord."

Ezekiel 8

Idolatry in the Temple

1 Then on September 17, during the sixth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity, while the leaders of Judah were in my home, the Sovereign Lord took hold of me. 2 I saw a figure that appeared to be a man. From what appeared to be his waist down, he looked like a burning flame. From the waist up he looked like gleaming amber. 3 He reached out what seemed to be a hand and took me by the hair. Then the Spirit lifted me up into the sky and transported me to Jerusalem in a vision from God. I was taken to the north gate of the inner courtyard of the Temple, where there is a large idol that has made the Lord very jealous4 Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel was there, just as I had seen it before in the valley.

5 Then the Lord said to me, "Son of man, look toward the north." So I looked, and there to the north, beside the entrance to the gate near the altar, stood the idol that had made the Lord so jealous.

6 "Son of man," he said, "do you see what they are doing? Do you see the detestable sins the people of Israel are committing to drive me from my Temple? But come, and you will see even more detestable sins than these!" 7 Then he brought me to the door of the Temple courtyard, where I could see a hole in the wall. 8 He said to me, "Now, son of man, dig into the wall." So I dug into the wall and found a hidden doorway.

9 "Go in," he said, "and see the wicked and detestable sins they are committing in there!" 10 So I went in and saw the walls engraved with all kinds of crawling animals and detestable creatures. I also saw the various idols worshiped by the people of Israel. 11 Seventy leaders of Israel were standing there with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan in the center. Each of them held an incense burner, from which a cloud of incense rose above their heads.

12 Then the Lord said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the leaders of Israel are doing with their idols in dark rooms? They are saying, 'The Lord doesn't see us; he has deserted our land!'" 13 Then the Lord added, "Come, and I will show you even more detestable sins than these!"

14 He brought me to the north gate of the Lord's Temple, and some women were sitting there, weeping for the god Tammuz. 15 "Have you seen this?" he asked. "But I will show you even more detestable sins than these!"

16 Then he brought me into the inner courtyard of the Lord's Temple. At the entrance to the sanctuary, between the entry room and the bronze altar, there were about twenty-five men with their backs to the sanctuary of the Lord. They were facing east, bowing low to the ground, worshiping the sun!

17 "Have you seen this, son of man?" he asked. "Is it nothing to the people of Judah that they commit these detestable sins, leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at me, and provoking my anger? 18 Therefore, I will respond in fury. I will neither pity nor spare them. And though they cry for mercy, I will not listen."

Ezekiel 9

The Slaughter of Idolaters

1 Then the Lord thundered, "Bring on the men appointed to punish the city! Tell them to bring their weapons with them!" 2 Six men soon appeared from the upper gate that faces north, each carrying a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man dressed in linen, who carried a writer's case at his side. They all went into the Temple courtyard and stood beside the bronze altar.

3 Then the glory of the God of Israel rose up from between the cherubim, where it had rested, and moved to the entrance of the Temple. And the Lord called to the man dressed in linen who was carrying the writer's case4 He said to him, "Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city."

5 Then I heard the Lord say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! 6 Kill them all—old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders.

7 "Defile the Temple!" the Lord commanded. "Fill its courtyards with corpses. Go!" So they went and began killing throughout the city.

8 While they were out killing, I was all alone. I fell face down on the ground and cried out, "O Sovereign Lord! Will your fury against Jerusalem wipe out everyone left in Israel?"

9 Then he said to me, "The sins of the people of Israel and Judah are very, very great. The entire land is full of murder; the city is filled with injustice. They are saying, 'The Lord doesn't see it! The Lord has abandoned the land!' 10 So I will not spare them or have any pity on them. I will fully repay them for all they have done."

11 Then the man in linen clothing, who carried the writer's case, reported back and said, "I have done as you commanded."


 


 


 

All comments welcome!! It is how I get my questions answered.

2 comments:

Mindy said...

Hey Kathye,
I finally made it to your blog. :)
First, let me suggest that you get yourself a good commentary or two. I really enjoy the MacArthur Study Bible because he helps to answer a lot of the questions that you are asking here. He would help you clear up a lot of your confusion.
Many wiser people have studied this stuff for years and their insight would truly help you.
Anyway, I think that to help you clear up your confusion with these chapters today, you have to understand that a lot of Ezekiel is written using symbolism to explain what is going to happen to Israel in the future when they are invaded by Babylon as punishment for rejecting God.To answer your first question, yes, Ezekiel did actually cut his own hair (as I understand it), but he did it to symbolize what God was going to do to the Israelites.
I am a little confused by your question "aren't children always saved." NO, definitely not. Children are born sinners and need to come to repentance in order to be saved. Vs. 10 is telling that the Israelites will be suffering so much that they will be reduced to cannibalism.
Your question about the glory of God...I don't think it is something tangible. It is a vision that Ezekiel is having. Comparing the fact that God was there with the Israelites, but they still chose to reject Him and follow idols instead.
Your next question, you are taking this part too literally as well. This part is a vision that God is giving Ezekiel showing how He will choose the ones who will die by the judgment of God as a result of their sin. Those with the mark are the ones who are God's elect. MacArthur says that it is Christ Himself who chooses them. This is not the same as the mark of the beast in Revelation.
As to how to teach your children about a loving God versus a wrathful, jealous God...they need to understand both!! So do we as adults! If I were teaching this to children, I would explain that God HATES sin and unfaithfulness to Him so much that He must punish it. Yes, He loves His people Israel. He gave them plenty of opportunity, but their sin was even greater than the sin of the pagan countries because they knew the truth and still chose to disobey! Children esp need to understand that there is a reason that we need a Savior. We need Him because God is a jealous God. He punishes sin because He cannot have sin in His presence. But He chose to love. He chose to have a solution for our sin, His Son Jesus.I think children need to learn that God is jealous and wrathful as much as He is loving and kind. We need to understand the God of the whole Bible - not just a few verses here and there. :)

Mommy Melback said...

Thanks Mindy!!
WOW you write very well!
Helped alot!