Ezekiel 6:1-14 (NIV) 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against the mountains of Israel; prophesy against them 3 and say: ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 4 Your altars will be demolished and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols. 5 I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars. 6 Wherever you live, the towns will be laid waste and the high places demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out. 7 Your people will fall slain among you, and you will know that I am the LORD. 8 “‘But I will spare some, for some of you will escape the sword when you are scattered among the lands and nations. 9 Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me–how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices. 10 And they will know that I am the LORD; I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them. 11 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Strike your hands together and stamp your feet and cry out “Alas!” because of all the wicked and detestable practices of the house of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine and plague. 12 He that is far away will die of the plague, and he that is near will fall by the sword, and he that survives and is spared will die of famine. So will I spend my wrath upon them. 13 And they will know that I am the LORD, when their people lie slain among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oak–places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols. 14 And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblah–wherever they live. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'”
On verses 1-14: Why does God tell Ezekiel to speak to the mountains (v1-3)? That’s because the mountains of Israel were the site where much of the Israelites’ idol worship took place.
Here God gives Ezekiel a message of judgment and destruction on the Israelites as a result of their rampant and persistent idolatry. God promises that all the high places, incense altars and idols that the Israelites used to worship other gods will be destroyed, and most of the Israelites along with them (v3b-7). Despite God revealing Himself to the Israelites time and time again, despite all of His faithfulness to them and the warnings He gave about what would happen if they turned to worship other gods, the Israelites obstinately refused to obey God’s commands or heed God’s warnings. Thus the consequences God warned them about eventually overtook them.
Still there would be a remnant who would realize the error of their ways and whom God would spare (v8-10).
What can we learn from this? Notice that one phrase that gets repeated over and over is the phrase: “you/they will know that I am the Lord” (v7, 10, 13, and 14). One day, sooner or later, whether during this lifetime or after, every person will realize who the Lord is.
As Philippians 2:9-11 says, “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” The question is: will you know that He is the Lord during your lifetime while you still have a chance to be saved by Him for eternity, or will you only realize that He is the Lord when it is too late?
Of course, God desires for every person to be saved and to know that He is the Lord in the context of a saving relationship with Jesus (2 Peter 3:9). It is only those who keep rejecting Jesus during their lifetime who will discover that the One that they rejected was the very One they needed all along.
That is why we make it our goal to lead as many people to Jesus as possible. That is also why if you’ve never opened up your heart to Jesus and received His forgiveness, you can do so today by praying the salvation prayer at the end of this GAME sharing.
Father, You say that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Lord Jesus, I pray that those around me would come to a saving knowledge of who You are. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Salvation Prayer Lord Jesus, I realize today that there is no way I could ever make it to heaven on my own. Thank You for dying on the cross to pay for my sins and for rising again to give me life. Please forgive me of my sins and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Today I receive You into my life. Thank You that because of You I am forgiven, I am a child of God and I am a citizen of heaven, and that one day I get to be with You in heaven forever. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
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