God will be the final judge
Son of man, stand up on your feet, and I will speak to you.” – Ezekiel 2:1
There is no doubt in my mind and the minds of many that we have veered off the spiritual course that was set before us, to become that nation that will be exalted by being righteous.
The prophet Ezekiel lived in exile in Babylon during the period before and after the fall of Jerusalem in 588 B.C. His message was addressed both to the exiled in Babylon and to the people of Jerusalem of God’s pending judgment and destruction of the city.
Ezekiel was a man of deep faith and great imagination and God spoke to him, “Mortal man, I am sending you to the people of Israel. They have rebelled and turned against me and are still rebels, just as their ancestors were. They are stubborn and do not respect me, so I am sending you to tell them what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying to them.
“Whether those rebels listen to you or not, they will know that a prophet has been among them.
“But you, mortal man, must not be afraid of them or of anything they say. They will defy and despise you; it will be like living among scorpions. Still, don’t be afraid of those rebels or of anything they say. You will tell them whatever I tell you to say, whether they listen or not. Remember what rebels they are.
“Mortal man, listen to what I tell you. Don’t be rebellious like them. Open your mouth and eat what I am going to give you.” I saw a hand stretched out towards me, and it was holding, a scroll. The hand unrolled the scroll, and I saw that there was writing on both sides – cries of grief were written there, and wails and groans.
God said, “Mortal man, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.”
So, I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat, “He said, “Mortal man, eat this scroll that I give you; fill your stomach with it.” I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey.
Then God said, “Mortal man, go to the people of Israel and say to them whatever I tell you to say. I am not sending you to a nation that speaks a difficult foreign language, but to the Israelites. If I sent you to great nations that spoke difficult languages you didn’t understand, they would listen to you. But none of the people of Israel will be willing to listen; they will not even listen to me. All of them are stubborn and defiant. Now I will make you as stubborn and as tough as they are. I will make you as firm as a rock, as hard as a diamond; don’t be afraid of those rebels.”
God continued, “Mortal man, pay close attention and remember everything I tell you. Then go to the people of your nation who are in exile and tell them what I the Sovereign Lord am saying to them, whether they pay attention to you or not.”
Then God’s spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the loud roar of a voice that said, “Praise the glory of the Lord in heaven above!” I heard the wings of the creatures beating together in the air, and the noise of the wheels, as loud as an earthquake. The power of the Lord came on me with great force, and as his spirit carried me off, I felt bitter and angry. So I came to Tel Abib beside the Chebar River, where the exiles were living, and for seven days I stayed there, overcome by what I had seen and heard. – Ezekiel 2:3-15
If you are really caught up in the Spirit of the Lord most high, as you read and ponder God’s Word, you can almost feel like an Ezekiel or a Jeremiah for the drastic change in the overall social, economic, moral, and spiritual decline in the culture of a people called Bahamian.
Never mind what the world may do or say, in the final analysis, God will have his way and he will be the final judge.
It is my constant prayer daily as we live, we realize more and more that only what is done for Christ will last. Governments come and go, Potentates come and go, the high, low, rich, poor, saved and unsaved, come and go; but it is only those repentant of wrong doings and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who will inherit eternal life.
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