Bible In One Year-Day 222 (Saturday, August 10, 2013)
Commentary: Ezekiel37-39. This portion of the book of Ezekiel is also good to study the life of a true prophet of God. Just as we have medical doctors in different practices (general medicine and specialists) so we have prophets. Ezekiel was not a general prophet who generalized prophecies which anybody could claim, but he said specific prophecies as the Lord directed and pin-pointedly gave him to speak. Two attributes could be noticed in his calling; total reliance on what God had to say and unfailing prophecy. Genuine prophets are just servants that will not take any action, no matter how trivial, without asking God what His mind is. They say whatever God says and stay by it; you can’t change them. They are not pastors or evangelists. They are not teachers; teachers come down to the level of their students. The prophets’ expressions are mostly symbolic, poetic or in parables, sometimes difficult to decode. They behave as fools sometimes because they go by what God says dogmatically. They do not practice by what they hear from any other source apart from God; they go only by what God reveals and says. They regard contrary will or action as blasphemy. In the valley of the dry bones, Ezekiel acted as a novice in all the interactions and he followed instructions step-by-step.
Ezekiel 37:3-4 “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.”
God did make him to see many things but Ezekiel never opened his mouth to say a thing without God telling him to prophesy.
To be a real prophet of God, His Spirit must find a place in you called the DEEP where He could store data and information.
Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
When a prophet decides to become a parrot, God cannot go far with him. Your tongue must go through deep purging before He could set you up. He did it to Isaiah and Jeremiah. In Ezekiel’s case God padlocked his mouth and held the key.
Ezekiel 3:26-27 “And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house. But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.”
Your tongue matters as an oracle of God; otherwise, there will be misuse of authority; abuse of grace. A prophet is rebellious if the action he took is not as directed by God; a good example was King Saul who lost this grace.
You don’t become a prophet by decision, prayer, fasting or any spiritual exercise, IT IS BY GRACE. Your much prayer and fasting don’t bring this grace; it only boosts the gift within you. Remember that He gives as He wills.
1 Corinthians 12:11 “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
A prophet is not a seer. Grace is only available for you where He has called you to. If you go out of the jurisdiction He has provided for you, you could be wounded even though you are enjoying His keeping power. This keeping power is the last resort for you to go back to where His grace is available for you. And if you tarry too long, not making use of this keeping power, one could become an “Ichabod”
1 Corinthians 7:20 “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.”
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 Ezekiel40-42. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries