September 9, 2021
Daily Reading: Ezekiel 31-33
And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
In today’s verse the Lord says clearly to His prophet, Ezekiel, that the souls to whom he delivers God’s message will hear him, even enjoy that which they hear, but they will not do that which he warns them to do. The previous verse also says the same thing: And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. How difficult this must have been for any man of God to hear. Ezekiel confirms through this book how he heard this several times. Why keep warning them then?
Because of verses 1-9 of this chapter (33). Ezekiel was set up by God to be the watchman over Israel. He was to sound the horn of warning. Upon hearing the warning each individual was to take heed and respond accordingly in order to save their lives. Ezekiel could do nothing about making those to whom he preached do that which he preached. That was their responsibility. His was to sound the warning. If he does so he would deliver himself. If he failed to sound the horn of warning, their blood would be upon him.
In the New Testament there are two parallel passages to consider.
One is Paul’s testimony in Acts 20:26-27
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
One is the Lord Jesus’ statement in Matthew 15:8
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Today, God’s messengers would do well to sound the horn of warning and every soul would do well to heed that warning. For both it is a matter of faith and the will to hear that which God says and then respond appropriately. To do otherwise, is like ignoring the trumpet of warning about an impending disaster or invading foe, wherein the only result would be loss of life or limb.
Preachers preaching God’s Word and people heeding God’s word is a dynamic duo. To move forward in the Christian life, to develop consistency in obedience, and to have spiritual victory both preaching and heeding, are vital. Both for the messengers of God and the people of God.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.