#217 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Ezekiel 3: 5You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel- 6not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.
Renaissance painters notwithstanding it is widely assumed that Ezekiel was most likely a young man when God called him. He was sent to speak to the Israelites in captivity in Babylon. Some scholars pinpoint the year of this calling as around 593 B.C. You will note that the messages of apparent condemnation are as informational as they are accusatory. Israelites knew their God and knew the law. It was woven int the very fabric of their lives. And yet, they had chosen again and again to pursue a course of spiritual adultery and “chase after foreign gods”. In very beautiful, yet earthy and often gritty prose Ezekiel throughout his five visions places the need for repentance and hope of redemption before the Israelite people. Perhaps some listened.
So, today for those who were brought up in a Western culture steeped in the curious amalgam of Biblical law and secular law (re Robt. Blackstone views on natural law) the message of Jesus rings true for some, and hollowly for others. For those who recognize the truth of that message it is still up to them to decide or not whether they will accept His wonderful gift of forgiveness.
Sadly, we now live in a world where the greater majority of people have never heard the Word of God whether inside the walls of Church or home. these are perhaps the people of “strange speech” to which God is referring.
Has God called you to speak into that world?