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Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 3:1-27 KJV
(1) Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
(2) So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
(3) And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
(4) And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
(5) For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
(6) Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
(7) But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
(8) Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
(9) As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
(10) Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
(11) And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
(12) Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.
(13) I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing.
(14) So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
(15) Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
(16) And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(17) Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
(18) When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
(19) Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
(20) Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
(21) Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
(22) And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.
(23) Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.
(24) Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.
(25) But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:
(26) And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.
(27) But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 3 goes into enough detail in the first ten verses that allows a person to know that the language of the Jewish people was difficult to learn. Ezekiel would have been a learned man, because he was a scholar of the word of God, being a prophet. Yet these people that had taken them from his land were a people that recognized this man authority over the house of Israel. They knew not the language of the Jews fluently or at all. Yet Ezekiel must of known their language, or picked up on it easily. He understood that Chaldeans wished for the people to know their ways. To calm their spirits with their words. For eight years Obama worked on peace in the middle east. Yet in one day all that work came to a halt with the security issues of taking in refugees. Whether it is a communication problem with refugees some still act like terrorist, while other embrace change and freedom with their own agenda unclear. Ezekiel was the spokesmen like our ambassadors on the foreign field to those that receive our help. It never means they adopt our ideas, but it means they give an ear to listen. And of course we have foreign ambassadors in our country helping with culture exchange of their country as well as their laws, to try and maintain peace with everyone.

Ezekiel tasted the words of the Chaldeans. It tasted sweet to him. Yet the words spoken must of seemed a bit rude to talk directly about the inadequacy of language barriers and the hardness of the people. Now Ezekiel will go forth to talk to the people for the Chaldeans.

Lord also comes to Ezekiel by way of the Spirit and calls him to be a spokesmen to Israel. God is clear that if Israel will turn back to him, he will restore them. That if they will turn away from sin against Him, he will heal, but to continue on in sin would bring destruction upon them. God also told Ezekiel about his commission, that he was responsible to speak the words He gave him. If the ones hearing had like responsibility to those words. First he was responsible for not speaking what God gave him or declaration of anything God did not. As Ezekiel look around him he saw the great plains and the beauty of Godís creation and fell at the presence of God speaking to him directly. He knew he was in the earthly throne room of God.

Two commission and yet only the Chaldeans seem to taste sweet. The word of the Lord tasted bitter. Godís word upon first hearing it is not always sweet. It the feeling of someone demanding something that does seem profitable in this life. Until you know God, His desire is only good for you. It takes time to understand Godís love for you. If you are numb or blind to Godís word for a time, the words does sound harsh in a way. Yet to follow Godís ways lead to green pastures and quiet waters. Chaldeans words sound tasted sweet, but his words to Ezekiel were harsh. No doubt the laws of Chaldeans were similar to their own.

Our nation laws do not always reflect the laws of God, but those laws that do reflect God are sweet to the believer. To the none believer. The laws of God might sound strict, but event he law of man might not sound any better to a rebellious spirit. A person that obeys both laws for their own agenda is some that is seeking to destroy both. Those that follow both are seeking to obey man and God. God allows for us to obey the laws of our land until they fail to live up or violate his laws. Kingly laws were meant to change and Godís rules were not. Yet reading the books of laws in scripture one has to define is this law spiritual or legal law, because the laws intertwine in their society for a time period.

God was going to teach and instruct Ezekiel on what to say by His Spirit. The laws of Chaldeans would intertwine with Godís word. We must be willing to listen to God to know which laws are his, so we learn to obey God and not always man. Yet we need to hear man to know what is being said concerning laws.

Dear Heavenly Father our nation has been based on godly principals for years, but not all laws are yours. Help your people to know the difference of mandatory laws of faith and mandatory laws of government. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Revelation 10:8-11 KJV
(8) And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
(9) And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
(10) And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
(11) And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.


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