Bible In One Year-Day 213 (Friday, August 01, 2014)
Commentary: Ezekiel10-12. The hand of the Lord was so mighty upon Prophet Ezekiel that his eyes could not be deceived. This is great grace. In the visions he saw, the leaders of the people were revealed as the perpetrators of the provoking iniquities of the people.
Ezekiel 11:2 “Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:”
These were the people that interpreted the word of God by the flesh and therefore, gave evil counsels to the people. The flesh profits nothing, but the Spirit gives life. The truth was revealed by the Spirit and judgment was given by the Spirit.
Ezekiel 11:13 “And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?”
Fear gripped Ezekiel when he saw the prompt execution of God’s judgment. Beloved, everything done by the Spirit of God is true and wastes no time in coming to past.
Ezekiel 12:25 “For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.”
The law was given to those who were spiritually dead. The law was good but inability to comply is the problem of man. To comply with the law, we need new hearts (i.e. a change of souls). Without this internal change, there can’t be any change outside of us; rather, things will continue to go wrong. This was the reason God promised them the required change for them to live godly lives.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”
Anyone who, afterwards, refuses to receive the Lord’s remedy and acts on his or her own figment of imagination will be responsible for the outcome;
Ezekiel 11:21 “But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.”
The grace of Jesus is there for us now and that grace is that the Holy Spirit brings God’s nature, power and strength into us to fulfill the law and walk in the spirit (heart of flesh) and no more in the flesh (heart of stone). This was accomplished in the upper chamber;
Acts 2:3-4 “And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
This was where a change of soul took place as promised by the word of God. Not until something like this happens to us, we have no genuine business in claiming 2Corinthians5:17.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Only the Holy Spirit could genuinely establish us in Christ, the flesh cannot sustain us in Christ. Jeremiah was exposed to harsh environment, he wanted to give up but the word of God has become fire in his bones to sustain him.
Jeremiah 20:9 “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
The environments of the Apostles were very cruel, harsh and quite unfriendly, yet there was this inner joy that kept them going and strong. If it was the flesh, they would have given up, but by the Spirit of God they could do all things. The experience in the upper chamber was a change of soul and once this was accomplished, the mind, thoughts, will and words change; you start talking as God. The Spirit is the Lord; He brings the inner peace even in the face of troubles.
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
What used to pester and trouble you will no more have any effect on you because you are a new creature by the Spirit of God. Real strength and endurance come only by the Holy Spirit. To have the Holy Spirit, you must love the word of God and pray for Him. He came upon the first Apostles in prayer; this is the old path.
Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ezekiel113-15. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries