Friday, November 26, 2010

Meditations from Ezekeil

Eze 6:9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
The Lord says He is “broken with their whorish heart.” The Lord suffers grief! I am not sure that I ever knew that about the Lord. I knew He was grieved with Jesus’ treatment at the crucifixion, but did I know the Lord could be grieved by my thoughts and actions? I thought He was too self sufficient to be hurt by me.
Also He says they shall loath themselves because of their sin. This is true. When we begin to see our sin, we do loathe ourselves. Trouble is, we immediately begin to make excuses for ourselves, such as, “I did not know”, or “it wasn’t that bad” and so on.
Eze 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
In the day of the Lord’s wrath, money will NOT help us! We cannot buy our way out of this trouble. Our money is our stumblingblock. We tend to depend on our paychecks rather than God.

Eze 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 20. That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
On this basis we pray for unsaved people, knowing that the Lord can change their hearts.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Plowing

I have been reading Jeremiah from “The Living Bible” study bible. interesting turn of words.


New Living Translation:
Jer 4:3-4
3. This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: "Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.
4. O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the LORD, or My anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.

The Living Bible, (which is a paraphrase of the American Standard Version by Ken Taylor for his family devotions with his children)
Jer 4:3-4
3. The LORD is saying to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: "Plow up the hardness of your hearts; otherwise the good seed will be wasted among the thorns. 4. Cleanse your hearts and minds and not just your bodies, or else my anger will burn you to a crisp because of all your sins. And no one will be able to put the fire out.

“the good seed will be wasted among the thorns” takes our minds directly to Jesus’ story about the four soils and the seed.