Bible In One Year-Day 216 (Sunday, August 04, 2013)
Commentary: Ezekiel19-21. God’s concern in these chapters centers mostly on the disobedience of the Israelites. The only way people could know who belongs to God is their obedience to His judgments, Ezek20:20. Obedience to His word will ever give life to whoever does it.
Ezekiel 20:11 “And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.”
Death came into the world because of disobedience and death is retained in the world by disobedience (the power of sin). The sufferings of mankind are due to disobedience. Every rebellion will lead to death unless repentance is quickly effected.
Ezekiel 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”
In many areas we are so rebellious. It starts from what is good for us. God hears prayers and to them who could not pray due to problems beyond them, He shows compassion. He takes actions in response to what will benefit us most, just as He said about Jerusalem in our last discussion, Ezekiel16:4-6. Unfortunately, we think another place is better. The land to which God led the Israelites was searched out by God.
Ezekiel 20:6 “In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied (searched) for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:”
This land was described as “the glory of all lands”. Every one of us has this type of land for the fulfillment of our destiny. Joseph’s “glory of all lands” was Pharaoh’s palace, Daniel had his in Babylon. Where is yours? This is what we need to seek the face of God for. A lot are not in their own “glory of all lands”, a spiritual land where milk and honey are flowing but are struggling in the land God has not sent them, yet they are expecting result, i.e. they want God to confirm what He has not commanded, Ezekiel13:6. God is not in the place He has not sent His word. His grace is only where He has ordered His word or where His will is; career, ministry, marriage, country etc. many marriages are not joined together by God, therefore His grace and peace are not there; no amount of counseling can sustain such marriages. His word only works where He sends it;
Psalms 107:20 “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
There is succor, healing and deliverance where He has sent His word. We can only be connected to that place called “the glory of all lands” through OBEDIENCE to His word.
Isaiah 1:19 “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”
Are you sick and praying for healing, jobless and praying for a job, or single and praying for a partner? Seek first His WILL to do, and then your lines shall fall in pleasant places. It may be that if you got the job, you might despise the connection to the “glory of all lands” if it comes. God will only maintain your lot where He has provided for you. That is your heritage here on earth.
Psalms 16:5-6 “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
One of the passages that awesomely describe the benefits of obeying Him is Isaiah58:8-9.
Isaiah 58:8-9 “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ezekiel122-24. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries