Today’s readings.. (1 Chronicles 23), (Ezekiel 33), (Ephesians 5,6)

Ezekiel, somewhat like Jeremiah, has a challenging time in being a prophet of the LORD.  The reaction to his message is somewhat different, but it does have lessons for us today.  He is told by the LORD, “As for you … your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.’ And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it …” [v.30-31]

Do we read the Bible?  Do we like doing so?  Do we like talking about it? Do we like hearing God’s word explained?   What effect does all this have?  It must have an influence on the way we think and the way we live – we must not be like those who heard Ezekiel..

God tells Ezekiel that he is aware of the answers to these questions:  what God says is most interesting (and maybe surprising (to us)!   God says, “Behold you are to them like one who sings lustful songs (AV/ASV ‘very lovely songs’) with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument for they hear what you say …” [v.32]

Can it be that reading God’s word and listening to others talk about it makes us feel respectable and good? Remember what Jesus said, “… my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” [Luke 8 v.21]  We show we “hear” by what we do as a result.   But of those who heard Ezekiel – God says, “they hear what you say but they will not do it; for … their heart is set on gain” – so very many are swept along by what is valued in this life..

We read earlier in the chapter of God’s commission to Ezekiel – do we not have the same commission?  “I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel.  Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me” [v.7]   There was plenty for Ezekiel to warn them about. Note v.11, God says, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked”  But history testifies to how often God has, in the end, destroyed the godless. God’s judgements finally came on Israel – and they will do so today to the Gentiles.

The final words in the chapter are, “When this comes – then they will know that a prophet has been among them”   All around us people are turning away from God, many are not even sure he exists, some declare they are certain that he doesn’t!    But all need to be aware of God’s warnings!   True believers should sense they are following in Ezekiel’s footsteps – don’t you feel that responsibility?  .  Are you playing well on your instrument?  The reaction of the hearers is not primarily your responsibility!

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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