Bible In One Year-Day 217 (Monday, August 5, 2013)
Commentary: Ezekiel22-24. Nothing is hidden before the Spirit of the Lord. He searches all things, even the deep things of God, 1Cor2:10. When the Spirit judges, He judges right. To judge is for lies to be exposed and truth revealed. Ezekiel judged by the Spirit of the Lord, he exposed the abominations of the priests and prophets of the land; the secret shedding of blood and worship of idols.
Ezekiel 22:3 “Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.”
These evil made the land to become worthless in the eyes of the Lord. The land was so polluted that God couldn’t find a single man to stand in the gap for them, i.e. a righteous man who could stand between their sin and the holiness of God.
Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
The major concern of God was increase of bloodshed in the land. This was led by two identified actors. The capital of Israel, the northern part of the land, was Samaria and the capital of Judah, the southern part, was Jerusalem. God revealed that they were sisters of the same mother; Samaria being the senior whose name was Oholah, and Jerusalem, the younger whose name was Oholibah. They became reproaches to the Lord through their adultery. They were the powers behind adultery and idolatry.
Ezekiel 23:36-37 “The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations; That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.”
God raised judgment against them by stoning, Ezekiel23:45-49. These two powers, Oholah and Oholibah, enslaved the two nations. A nation could be under serious demonic oppression and one would be wondering what could be going on. The bondage is strengthened by the multitude of laws promulgated by the rulers. When an evil trend is noticed in a nation, the solution is revival against the evil spirit controlling it. If this is ignored, the same spirit will operate in the life of the leaders to bring up more laws to increase the bondage of the citizenry. Revival would bring a standard against the evil powers and save the nation from ruin.
Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
Sometimes we wonder what the churches are doing while these evil increase. Most disturbing aspect of it is that, the evil increases with the increase of the number churches. These powers have the ability to set up churches to keep more people in bondage. Many of the priests and prophets are operating under the authority of these powers;
Ezekiel 22:25-26 “There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”
The solution to things like these is not raising more churches but to identify the controlling spirits, wage war against them and cry to the Lord for revival of souls. The discussion on these powers is beyond the scope of this medium. We need revival in the whole world.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
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 Ezekiel125-27. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries