|Building Houses In A Cooking Pot
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
The blindness of those that ignore God first prophesy of destruction of Jerusalem, feel themselves safe with in the cooking pot of the deceased. The undeniable truth of the situation of siege of a city being under the rule not of God, but under the rule of Babylon, speaking of lies by the men of the city, for surely thinking themselves safe because of their nobility and the fact they were by tradition the children of God. Thinking God would not allow his people to go into exile. To think God will not allow his people to be consumed by the world is a misguided light. If God allows his people at the time of Jacob to be consumed by Egypt why not at the time of Babylon. God had done it before and it was at a time of peace for Jacobís offspring, but this was a time of war of the exile of Judah/Jerusalem to come of foreign government. Circumstance different, but yet the same. God took his people out of the cooking pot of Egypt unarmed and returned them to the land. This time Israel was the cooking pot and their flesh was consumable by from being under siege. The army of Chaldeans already marching through leaving corpuses. Already coming through with decrees from their rulers. Yet Jerusalem though themselves safe from complete destruction, because they were working on cleaning up the city. They felt so safe they thought they could rebuild their house in the heat of the land of Jerusalem. Restoration to God does not mean you will not be in exile. It only means exile you will be forced to obey laws that are not Godís laws. That you will be forced from your country to see more of those around you murdered and demoralized. God does this because of the peopleís demoralization of their own society by breaking the laws of God inside Jerusalem.
Godís power is about bring them back out of the land of exile and reestablishing the laws of God in their land. Last month my comment was how many could live under the strict religious laws of God, meaning Old Testament laws. I said most of us use to a free society probably could not adjust to the Old Laws that are not part of our culture. Let me go a step further in our religious institutions which laws do we follow, the laws of God to the point the political law has little value, or the political laws that make our religious laws of no value. Which is organizational laws, legal law and personal laws with application to our life.
Everyday I come to that crossroad of imperfection and doing things Godís way. Everyday I have to ask myself is it Godís way, my country way, or individual cross way. If It my cross to spread the Gospel of Jesus and Holy Spirit, then I must ask myself one more question is in tune enough with both Godís way and manís/society way that I stand in the gap of these two things for myself. Because in all reality, I have to accountable to both the law of man and the law of God and not necessarily in that order. If I obeyed Biblical Law would I be alive and do I obey the legal law enough to keep me out of jail cell? If I am obedient to both and yet still find myself imprisoned, because I realize I obey neither completely, then I am in jail by first Godís law and second manís law depending on the transgression. If God takes me and puts me into the world of the people where the Gospel message needs to be heard, then am I in area where the law of society has to be followed to a point where it does not break the legal law and if it breaks Godís law, how is my heart judged for eternity.
God is going to teach Jerusalem how to live among the laws that are not of His, to obey Him despite the laws of scripture and the laws of a foreign government. God plans to write His laws on their heart. Since 1945 Israel being re established, God already established the ushering in of the Gentile people into the commonwealth of Israel by learning to follow the Messiah Jesus/the word of God. The greatest law of our time is still the law of God which is the law of love. The law that declares the respect first of God and their others. Israel right now is divided within the Jerusalem temple of Islamic law within their walls, yet under Israel being a free state to themselves by legal law.
Ezekiel being fulfilled as we speak as far as the return of Israel, though Israel was returned to their land they were under foreign government. Is Israel not under NATO Law as our own nation. No Nation is only a treaty or agreement between nations, it is not a governing law in the since of controlling what happens in our nation, beyond civil liberties of agreement for the protection of the citizens of each nation that joins it. It is the watch dog of nations.
To abide by our nationís law and universal law, we must accept our religious law might now always be in tune. Yet a day will come when Godís power will definitely reign in our lives, if we truly seek God for earth is only a temporal home and a portal to heaven by the grave through faith in God and Christ Jesus. To obey the Holy Spirit has never changed. To obey God direction even when it seems in options of what we should do, from Noah building Ark, to Apostles preaching and teaching in villages, under persecution, to today of still following God even when the devil still cries no.
The false teachers of Jerusalem were their leaders and not the prophet like Ezekiel. They understood not the exile was written down because of punishment, they were not safe because of where they lived and who they were. They were going to have to deal with Godís judgment. Will you obey God despite where you find yourself this morning, in exile, or in the safety of Godís house.
Dear Heavenly Father help your children to obey you and your voice. To heed the warnings of exile. Help them to obey you despite what others say. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Hebrews 10:16-20 KJV
(16) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
(17) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
(18) Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
(19) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
(20) By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;