Bible In One Year-Day 220 (Thursday, August 08, 2013)
Commentary: Ezekiel31-33. It has been in the nature of man that at the peak of their glory and honor, pride takes over. Here Pharaoh was likened to a well nurtured and pruned tree whose branches gave it unrivaled beauty.
Ezekiel 31:7 “Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.”
Ezekiel 31:9 “I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.”
God was referring to Pharaoh here. His wings had grown that he despised God.
Ezekiel 31:18 “To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.”
Pride, just like all other vices, is sin before the Lord. As we discussed in the last commentary, pride could be hidden or opened. Trusting in one’s righteousness is pride and it is sin before the Lord.
Ezekiel 33:13 “When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.
We need to trust in God’s mercy.”
Not all the messages we hear from the pulpits are kingdom life messages. Some are feel good messages that make the flesh happy but send leanness to the soul. The kingdom life messages we hear on pulpits are actually trumpets of warning, but, unfortunately, many take it as fun time. They are for us to have a sober reflection, check ourselves and repent from ungodly assignments in our hands. Ezekiel was set as a watchman over Israel to blow the trumpet of warning to them to repent.
Ezekiel 33:4-5 “Then whosoever heareth … the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.”
There are messages of encouragement and there are messages of warnings. Those for encouragement are to build our faith and instill hope in us. But those for warnings are to alert us against the wrath/sword to come. God does not take delight in the death of a sinner but for him to turn from wickedness and hold unto God’s righteousness.
Ezekiel 33:11 “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”
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 Ezekiel34-36. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries
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