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Digging Through The Wall:The Cost of Blindness

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 12:1-28 KJV
(1) The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,
(2) Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
(3) Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.
(4) Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.
(5) Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.
(6) In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.
(7) And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.
(8) And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
(9) Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?
(10) Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.
(11) Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.
(12) And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.
(13) My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.
(14) And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.
(15) And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.
(16) But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
(17) Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(18) Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;
(19) And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.
(20) And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
(21) And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(22) Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
(23) Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.
(24) For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.
(25) For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
(26) Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
(27) Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.
(28) Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.

As a mole digs under the earth blindly and comes to a surface he is then capture by predators that will kill him, or take him into captivity. As a child growing up one of the cats my family own use to hunt moles, and often bringing them back dead or alive to the door of the house for family members to find. I truly believe the cat had no intent to injure the mole, but because it escaped from his nest beneath the earth, he had to carry it into captivity or worse. If the mole only stayed in the earth he would have been safe. God created the mole to survive underground and remain safe, though it can not see where it is going. His desire to see is what cost him, because once on top of the earth surface he was still blind.

King Zedekiah would go through the wall of the kings gate in Judah only to be capture in the plains of Jericho by the Chaldeans. Ezekiel vision was one of reality as he was performing it. Ezekiel vision and action was a form of preaching. God had blinded the royalty of Judah to the ability they could not escape. Ezekiel covering was one that cover his eyes to see clearly the road he was traveling. The road of travel was one of destruction for the Kingís family. Zedekiah would see his sons killed before he has his own eyes gored out of the Babylonian soldiers.

The journey into captivity would be down without understanding or the ability to see into the future of where they would be going. Zedekiah would not understand the Babylonian language nor, would he be able to see his where he was going because of his great escape from Judah by night. One must remember the last chapter captivity was coming, but if they obeyed the Chaldeans no harm would come to them. King choose to escape instead, think he could out run the Chaldeans. Ezekiel would prophesy/preach the event.

Now Judah would be scatter through Babylon. The promise of the return to Israel was eminent. They would return to the promise land during the time of King Darius. The exile only a journey and a punishment for sin. If Israel would repent God would begin to the people though they be scattered. God would use his healing to bring the gentiles into the knowledge of his power through his people. If his people called by his name would help themselves and put away their idols, then he would heal them, but he would also grant whatever they ask of Him. The people of Judah that would repent would become a living stone or testimony of the power of God among the heathens.

Missionary today in the Christian faith come home with stories of the miraculous work of God on the mission field. Miracles of unforeseen impossibilities becoming ability through prayer. Godís people calling on God and claiming the power of His word to testify of His ability to change lives. God testimony of salvation coming through prayer and proclamation/prophesy as the Spirit leads to the heathens. God testifying through His people of His power and strength to make them a living stone that would know the power of God for themselves. In Acts 2 we see the wonderful works of God coming through the languages of the world being spoken about God. Through out acts we see the power of Jesus name and faith through Christ Jesus continuing to testify of the power of God. Today miracles still come forth, do you see the power of God or do you forget it, a few days after the event. We need to magnify the great things God does in our life to testify to the heathens.

Judah first sign would be the testimony of seeing the capture of the king of Judah after he tried to flee and his people be safe within the camp of the enemy. A testimony of God word not being followed and the consequences of disobedience to both man and God. Our very human nature is often to do the opposite of Godís calling on our life, because of divination of the devil that tells us it just in our heads and not a reality or the duplication or imitation of certain things that God declares. Defining of Godís word as truth and not mimicked with become clear in the heart as one listens and obeys God.

Dear Heavenly Father strengthen us to testify of the power of God. Bring forth your hope in our hearts as we turn away from sin and step forward in faith in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Jeremiah 39:4-7 KJV
(4) And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain.
(5) But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.
(6) Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah.
(7) Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon.

Romans 11:5-8 KJV
(5) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
(6) And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
(7) What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
(8) (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.


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