I am busy reading through Ezekiel in my quest to read the bible through cover to cover. I read some pretty amazing stuff there. I'm not one of those people who focuses too much on the end times because I find it depressing and lets face it, downright scary, right?! Am I alone?
But I have just read something in Ezekiel that brought a leap in my spirit!
This is the scenario:
The Holy Spirit lifts Ezekiel up into a vision and takes him over Jerusalem. He shows Ezekiel all the evil religious practices going on to show why the Lord is bringing judgement. He then calls near those in charge over the city as executioners and they come forward, all carrying their battle-axes, except one. He is clothed in linen with ink at his side....
And the Lord calls to the man with the ink and says: Ezekiel 9 v 4: ... Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of it.
Isn't that amazing? Isn't that wonderful? Isn't that awesome? God, in Ezekiel's vision, is showing him that He is going to protect those who are not for all the evil that is going on in Jerusalem!!!
As I read this I could only think of how our world and its leaders are making things that are wrong, as if they were not wrong! I could only think of how so much is being done to hurt others! And what the religious are doing to try to convince the world that God is not GOD! And the laws that are being put in place, to normalize sin. It is frightening, and I am sure I am not the only one when I say how incredibly sad all this makes me feel, and dare I say it, a little (seriously, a lot) scared!
But the scripture above gives me hope and confidence that although all this is going on, and God's judgement WILL stand, and HE will show His majesty and ownership of all, I have confidence that God WILL also protect those who love Him and His word and His way!
That scripture goes on to say that God sends the executioners out after the man with the ink, to execute judgement on young and old (Ezekiel 7 v 5-6) but God states clearly, "do not touch OR GO NEAR anyone on whom is the mark." [capitalization mine]
Is that not truly amazing and peace giving?!
I know that I have a smidgen more peace about being a Christian today in this world we live in.
Be encouraged, Our God reigns!
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