In continuation of my Sunday posts on the Lord, I did read a couple chapters from the book of Ezekiel. Right now, I am learning that the God has decided to send Ezekiel to Israel to warn the people in an exact order. He also wants Ezekiel to eat certain meals at certain times, drink at certain times, and also lay on the left side of the bed so that he can bear the sin of the house of Israel upon himself for 390 days and after that, Ezekial is to lay on the right side of the bed for 40 days which is equivalent to one day a year for the house of Judah (Ezekiel 4:4). The Lord also commanded Ezekiel to eat certain meals over excrement (human feces) in front of everyone in the nation and Ezekiel refused. I laughed a little bit because of the way he refused, he said “Not so, Sovereign Lord! I have never defiled myself or eaten anything found dead or torn by wild animals.” Now there is a method to the Lord’s madness because the first verse of Chapter 4, explained in detail that Ezekiel was to build a siege made of iron and draw the city of Jerusalem on one side and draw the house of Israel on the other side and this let me know that Ezekiel was preparing himself to do great things.
The message I received from this passage was that the Lord has requirements that are meant to make us feel belittled because of a bigger objective we need to achieve. Everything is not going to peaches and cream, something’s are going to be difficult and extremely difficult. The Lord’s response to Ezekiel’s refusal was “Very well, I will let you eat your bread over cow manure instead of human excrement.” The message I received from this passage is that the Lord will meet you halfway, he understands how we feel and is very patient. We as humans are so prideful and that is okay, it is just a problem when we become too prideful but seeing Ezekiel’s pride made me feel better because I realized that I can overcome and accomplish what the Lord requires of me. Why? Ezekiel did it and he did it over cow manure and the last time I checked, the Lord has not asked me to do that so what am I complaining about?
I also did a little research on Ezekiel and I found this blog by Thomas Gumbleton titled “Each of us is called to be a Prophet and share Jesus’ message” http://ncronline.org/blogs/peace-pulpit/each-us-called-be-prophet-and-share-jesus-message. This blog reminded me that like Ezekiel, Jesus was also a prophet which means that he wouldn’t ask us to do anything he wouldn’t do or has not done. We sometimes forget that once we are baptized, we all have the same prophetic calling to speak on the behalf of God. I hope this message is received to whoever needs it at this moment and I hope you all have a blessed week. Spiritual Message: We are never too prideful to do the Lord’s work. Spiritual Song of the Day: Here I Am To Worship by Anthony Evans.