Bible In One Year-Day 214 (Friday, August 02, 2013)
Commentary: Ezekiel13-15. Chapter13 is quite interesting. It starts by identifying false prophets and define them as those who speak their own mind and follow the falsehood of their spirit. They are likened to foxes in the desert. Foxes are known to prey on tender things such as grapes (Song of Solomon2:15) thereby spoiling the vine. When in the desert, they sniff and dig holes for smaller animals. False prophets prey on uninformed and ignorant people by lying to them. They exploit those who are really in need of help by telling lies of false visions and still expect God to confirm what He has not commanded.
Ezekiel 13:6 “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.”
The prophet remarked two ways of futility; the prophecy from the heart of man and the vision from the spirit of man. These are ways the ignorant are being deceived into error. If anyone receives such prophecies, it corrupts the soul and nothing works again. It is likened to what happened in the Garden of Eden. The words of Satan brought corruption into the soul of man. These are what Jesus refers to as the revelation of the flesh and of the blood..
Matthew 16:17 “And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed art thou, Simon-Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.”
The other prophecy and vision are those from God. God only confirms those that come from Him but ignores that which comes from any other source. However, if those which come from other sources are spoken in His name, He becomes concerned and gets provoked because it means He is identified with lies (Satan’s glory).
Ezekiel 13:8 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity (nonsense), and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.”
False prophets always say what you want to hear. They existed in the past and still exist now.
1 Kings 22:11-12 “And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them. And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king’s hand.”
We need to be careful in seeking for prophecies. The victims of false prophecies are those who seek for what pleases them and not the will of God. False prophecies will be given according to the idol in the heart, i.e. a set mind or unrepentant heart seeking for God’s mind. Chapter14 makes us to understand that making heaven isn’t a joint venture. Noah, Daniel and Job were men identified with righteousness. But God said if He was going to carry out His four judgment on the land and these men were in it, they could only save themselves and not any of their household members;
Ezekiel 14:20 “Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.”
Path of righteousness is absolutely important in Christian race. Everything must be done in righteousness. Even in our seeking God’s kingdom, we must seek His righteousness (only His WILL is righteous) also.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Our Christian race could only be profitable if it is done in His righteousness and not our righteousness. Our righteousness can get us nowhere.
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
John the Baptist tried to convince Jesus out of it but He refused and said it is our duty and part of the faith to fulfill all righteousness.
Matthew 3:15 “And Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”
Let us not joke with sin, beloved. A sinful soul is not a righteous soul but instrument in the hand of the devil.
Romans 2:26 “Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?”
Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
Romans 4:13 “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”
Romans 6:18 “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
God has righteousness which we must crave for, without which we cannot meet with Him. This righteousness is the righteousness of Christ which is only obtainable by His Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes into us, He brings the righteousness of God’s kingdom into us and that is what God recognizes.
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ezekiel116-18. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries