11:00 a.m. Thursday October 14, 2021. 74F/23C.
Large birds are active this morning. Last night’s rain must have brought up some grub living just below the surface. They screech and cackle and laugh, according to the way each species expresses joy in the hunt. The air is cool and deep breathing is a joy. The sweet gum still provides the best aroma of all the trees on this property. Acorns litter the ground. A mental note is made to come back out with a sack and collect some for flour. Small stones that tumbled onto the property during the rain are retrieved and moved to the pathway that leads to the cabin. They are cool and gritty in the hand. Back in the cabin the aroma of spices make a pleasant greeting. It is time to pick some nettle and have some tea and read God’s word.
The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen
Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to keep us humble, keep us in your mercy and favor. Lord, we desire to know your word, the Bible. Teach us in your magnificent way, I ask. And I pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
Certain community leaders, elders, came to Ezekiel to ask him to inquire of the Lord on their behalves. God had another opinion. Based upon the Hebrew words that God choose, he wanted Ezekiel to speak down to the men. He saw that they had recently worshiped idols and simply put away the idols and (possibly wooden poles in their homes or charms in their pockets) and then went to see Ezekiel.
Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
When God said “say unto them” the words he used were closer to “call them out”. The Lord instructed Ezekiel to speak his name. Ezekiel was to speak down to them and call them out saying, “The Lord YHWH is saying this”.
What the Lord said then was similar to: Every man who stands before his “log” (the Lord’s word for an idol), putting his log at the heart of his daily life, is keeping a perverted obstacle in front of his own face, and can hardly see the prophet whom he seeks out. I, YHWH, will answer the seeker in accordance with how many logs he keeps.
The Lord would deal with each person, individually, according to the quantity of perversity in each life. God wasn’t just talking about a picture or a charm that the men didn’t know was an idol, although those were certainly included. He was speaking about how all his chosen people had placed their idols at the core of their lives.
Rumors traveled. Daniel and his three friends were living in the city of Babylon, stopping their work for the king at the exact times of day that worship would be conducted at the temple. They stopped, prayed, worshiped and went back to serving the king. God set those men in the king’s palace on purpose. The people had them as an example.
But many chose idols instead. It would be Ezekiel’s job to call them out.
Life in the hollow, Thursday
I’m so glad God is taking me through the book of Ezekiel. I was agitated when I covered the prophecies on the false prophets. But a lot of study and a little encouragement broke through that. However, I could not put the subject to rest in my heart.
I don’t usually do this, but a comment by G.W. (https://collinsgw.wordpress.com/) led me down a further Bible study, which brought a sense of completion. His teaching seems a good way to wind up all the examinations of false prophets. His comments follow:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.Hebrews 1:1-2
Jesus was the last prophet sent by God. It doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t speak to His own individually. On this I agree with you. But most often it is personal communication for our own information. We may or may not share it with others. Modern prophets I discount out-of-hand as far as being “prophets.” You mentioned some as “story tellers.” Yes, I like that term.
Not contrasting but bringing Hebrews 1 and acts 2:17 together means anyone who claims to give a prophetic word must claim the word of God (Jesus) in accordance. Usually this is meant by preaching His word. But not always. It can be for the benefit of the of the one to whom it is given, also. But never will it contradict (Neither add, nor detract from) the bible. In Acts 2 Peter’s emphasis is on the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on all believers in Christ (Born Again) as the sign of being in the last days with the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus (His completed work of salvation for the chosen).
Peter said in Acts 2 quoting Joel 2:28, “…I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” These could/would include you and I, not just the ones who claim to have a special gift or call of God who may or may not call themselves “prophets.” Too often, these modern day “prophets” who want attention remind me of the false prophets of the OT.
Having said that, you have done well in diagramming those who claim to prophesy may be legitimate or not. But as for me, I find that group distractions from the most meaningful issue of being in the last days.
This is why I write. I do not write to be an expert, but to spur thought and increase everyone’s desire (especially my own) to love and obey our God through belief in his only begotten son Jesus.