If you've ever been talking to someone
and had the distinct feeling
that they are not really listening,
then you typically lose the desire
to stay in the conversation.
And if the situation repeats
then it might be best to share
your thoughts with someone else.
I mean we all get distracted
a time or two...
that's certainly forgiven.
But if they never really listen?
Well, maybe you're wasting your breath.
I get the feeling that's about
where God was
at a certain point in history
with these, the people of Judah.
For he had sent prophet
and still these people continued
to live in their own selfish ways.
These, His words to Ezekiel...
The word of the Lord also came to me, saying,
“Son of man, you live among a rebellious house,
who have eyes to see but do not see,
who have ears to hear but do not hear;
for they are a rebellious people.
Ezekiel 12:1-2 AMP
They had become
much like the idols their hands had made.
And God had removed His presence
from the Temple
and was now about to take them
into captivity by the Babylonians.
He needed somehow
to get their attention.
They had chosen
not to follow the laws of Moses.
They had walked
away from obedience to God.
And they had settled
into the ways of those around them.
They had CONFORMED to
the pattern of the world,
rather than being true and faithful to God.
They didn't see themselves as special.
Representatives of the creative being He is...
Who makes unique, gifted and purposed people.
Instead, they became just like everyone else.
Accepting, rather than discerning for themselves,
what they believed what was right and wrong.
And God needed
somehow, to get their attention.
He needed to tell them
what was about to happen.
So God chose a new tactic
A new strategy.
And Ezekiel became the star
of his own one act play.
Captivity: In their sight.
And soon they too would be taken captive,
so that they would KNOW that He is Lord.
Therefore, son of man,
prepare your belongings for captivity,
and go into captivity by day in their sight.
You shall go from your place into captivity
to another place in their sight.
It may be that they will consider,
though they are a rebellious house.
By day you shall bring out
your belongings in their sight,
as though going into captivity;
and at evening you shall go in their sight,
like those who go into captivity.
Dig through the wall in their sight,
and carry your belongings out through it.
In their sight you shall bear them
on your shoulders and carry themout at twilight;
you shall cover your face,
so that you cannot see the ground,
for I have made you a sign
to the house of Israel.”
Ezekiel 12:3-6 NKJV
Basically, God said to Ezekiel...
pack your bags and head out...
in front of everyone.
God was done talking.
It was time for ACTION...
in their sight.
God wanted them to see
Ezekiel, the prophet, packing up and
leaving for the place of captivity.
Because He was trying to convey to them
that they had been living two lives.
The one on the outside...
in plain sight of everyone;
just like the life they would have posted
on social media if they had it.
And the one in secret,
in the darkness, as God showed Ezekiel
in the temple where they worshipped idols.
God was trying to convey the message
that if we continue to live with secrets
hidden in the dark,
they will one day be brought to the light.
Because all actions have consequences.
And even if the action occurred in darkness,
the consequence will be lived in the daylight.
It's a scary and sobering thought
to contemplate for any of us.
That's why we all hear the whispered lie
that tell us to keep the sin of our past
hidden and secret inside because
we fear judgment of others.
But that is actually the worst place for it.
Because darkness only makes secrets,
like mold... grow and take over.
Whereas God wants us to live in the light...
in plain sight.
And during the time of Ezekiel,
He was trying to tell the Israelites
that truthfully, they were captives either way.
Captive of their sin and darkness, or...
soon to be captives of punishment.
But these people
were not much different
than those God came to save
hundreds of years later, for they still
had not come out of the darkness.
See here what even Jesus said...
God sent his Son into the world
not to judge the world,
but to save the world through him.
“There is no judgment against anyone
who believes in him.
But anyone who does not believe in him
has already been judged for not believing
in God’s one and only Son.
And the judgment is based on this fact:
God’s light came into the world,
but people loved the darkness
more than the light,
for their actions were evil.
All who do evil hate the light and
refuse to go near it for fear
their sins will be exposed.
But those who do what is right
come to the light so others can see
that they are doing what God wants.
Jesus came that we might be saved.
He was not pointing fingers
at who was in light or dark.
That's what we humans do.
And so very often,
coming into the light is not only
fearful to us for exposing our sin,
because I think we all know
each other as sinful people.
But it's all the fear of judgment
or "what will they think of me
because I hid this secret."
I know that I fear failure or
other's lack of belief in me,
more than I fear the fact that
they know I'm a sinner.
Because we are all sinners.
I don't care that they know I'm
flawed like everyone else.
But God so wants us to KNOW
not to keep our lives, or our past,
our mistakes and our bad choices
hidden in the dark.
He will find a way to expose it to the light,
as He did these Israelites.
But won't it be easier for us
if we willingly do so with Him,
rather than have it revealed anyway
as we hunker down in the dark,
struggling against Him?
Don't stay in dark or keep secrets
that the enemy wants to hold over you.
You will be held captive either way,
tortured in your mind
with guilt and shame;
feeling alone and lonely,
separated from God and all goodness
He desires for you.
Because soon enough
you too will be carried to captivity
just like the people of Judah,
in plain sight.
And none of us wants Him to
remove His favor from our presence.
So let us rather, like Ezekiel,
decide to live in plain sight.
Step into the light of life
and not fear the consequences.
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from
1 John 1:9
Word of God
train me, today...
To live my life in their sight,
faithful only to the one true God.
To be a light for others,
simply with right actions
and some times words.
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