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When I sit here in my chair in the morning and read our daily readings it is my hope that I can find something in the passage that will inspire us, or make us feel good. There is something in my mind that says devotional thoughts should be warm and fuzzy – they should be awe inspiring – they should make me happy when I read them. So, while we are reading through Isaiah and Ezekiel at the same time, some mornings (like this one) I have a hard time finding “warm and fuzzies” in what the prophets are saying. That is probably the reason these guys were not real popular with the people of their day!

In Isaiah 22 the prophet addresses the people about their response to siege on Jerusalem by the Assyrians. It was an event that should have led people to a place of repentance before God and crying out for His intervention . . . but it didn’t. God said in so many words that they would regret that response in the near future. . .

Several years later Ezekiel is preaching to the exiles in the land of Babylon. In chapter 12 today he speaks very plainly to them in regards to their inability to hear the word of the Lord and believe it when it is about judgment for sins. They are already living in a foreign country as exiles, yet they are claiming that the visions and prophecies of the prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel never come to pass. The proverb that was quoted was (Ezekiel 12:22) 'The days go by and every vision comes to nothing'? God told Ezekiel to tell the people that it would not be long and they would be saying that proverb no more because every word that He had given would come to pass.

My though for today is along these lines . . . people are not much different today than they were 600 years before Christ! Peter said it would be that way. He said that people in the last days would be saying that Jesus’ prophecy about returning again isn’t really going to happen. People will be saying we have heard that for so long now and nothing has changed . . . life goes on . . . it must not be true . . . Or at least, it is not something that we need to be concerned about. I want to remind us today that every word that God has spoken will come to pass! I want to remind us what our mind set should be. I close with the words of the Apostle Peter:

2 Peter 3:9-14

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

[10] But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

[11] Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives [12] as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. [13] But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

[14] So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.


Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Friday      October 22, 2010   Ezekiel 11-12 and Isaiah 22

Saturday  October 23, 2010   Ezekiel 13-14 and Isaiah 23

Sunday    October 24, 2010   Ezekiel 15-16 and Isaiah 24

Monday   October 25, 2010   Ezekiel 17-18 and Isaiah 25

Tuesday  October 26, 2010   Ezekiel 19-20 and Isaiah 26

 

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