by Christina Farris
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. Most of us will never experience what Ezekiel is speaking of in the vision God has given him and continues to give him by the river of Chebar. Now with that said I began to look at Ezekiel and God giving him a vision of being taken into captivity to a place he does not want to go or on journey he rather not take. This journey is painful. He and the people of Israel will be shackled and lead to where they want not to go. The vision of captivity is something I suspect Ezekiel himself struggled with. I can not imagine him not at least in his thoughts saying does this have to happen. Why are you giving me this vision for the people. Yet God says in this vision that his mouth will be to parched to speak, and God will make him dumb and he will not be a reprover for the rebellious house(speaking of Israel). No one wants to face captivity. No one wants to be in a place they do not want to go and suffer.
When I fractured my leg, the idea of going to hospital was the last place I wanted to go, but reality I no choice in the matter. Neither did I know the shackles of no cast would cause for me. It meant without cast it would heal like it should, otherwise casted or splint it, I would need probably surgery. The point being there is times in one's life one is forced into situation one rather not be in. One can neither remove themselves from the situation or pull themselves up and out of the situation. For Israel journey their situation was such that they would face the elements of the dry scorching heat of the land they were traveling to tied and tether like an animal. Ezekiel being a Prophet not living the grossness of sin that Israel was living in, concerning their relationship with God, he had to wonder why he had to suffer too. Innocent people go to slaughter and into exile not always because they deserve it. Ezekiel had a call and could not escape the punishment of the group of people in which he lived called the rebellious house of Israel. Ezekiel would be going into exile as well.
We can understand that Ezekiel had a call on his life from the first chapter yesterday to be a spokesman for the rebellious house Israel, but what he would speak would be to Babylon to interpret for Israel what Babylon said. He would not be speaking as a prophet but as interpret for his people. Yet he was still given visions to tell the house of Israel before the time of captivity took place. God was the one speaking to him at this time to speak to the house of Israel of what was to become of unrepenting group of people.
The worse thing to face is the knowledge of what is to come. As I watch the news unfold in Washington I wonder about the length of time it will take to get this trial of impeachment over with and life to return to normal for the political world. The enormous responsibility our leaders have does not change their responsibility. Yet impeachment trial if not dismissed will continue. I look and I wonder how often our own situations we find ourselves in at times is much like Ezekiel, people of faith looking at the situation all must face as a group or individual not because of sin necessarily but because it something we have to face because of the situation we are in. If a person breaks a leg it wise to go to the hospital and then to see orthopedic and have a cast probably put on. If not cast a person can find themselves more limited by immobility of the situation. Cast allows a person to be more mobile, but does not mean they should be mobile. It also force one to be limited of what they can do. It forces one to look around and find things they can do sitting down to keep the leg from swelling. It never prevents a person from going to work, but it could limit their ability to do their work. The point being limitation of captivity can be not going where you want to go, but does not stop one from living and breathing. To be called to be shackled and lead where you wish not to go, is a calling no one wants.
Yet Ezekiel hears his call and hears hope within the call of being shackled, it is the call of interpreter. As he struggles with the idea, no doubt he has hope of his furture within captivity. One can not sit in a position of captivity and not see God's ability to work in one's life. The political world is one of captivity because the freedom you once had is no longer freedom, it is now governed by the government and yet the only reason it is governed is to keep one safe. It sad to see our political leaders and even stars shackled by security guards who only interest is to protect our leaders, and stars in the world in which they move and breath. Yet their role as leaders is to help the rest of the world to be in the position of hero and sometimes villian.
What then can we say for God choosing Ezekiel to be interpretator to these foreign leaders as well as to the people, As people we can trust God was placing people to help in times of trial and tribulations of one their own making and not their making, depending on one's on relationship to God. Trials are for a purpose and tribulation is for a reason, but to know God is providing for his people as well as those that are a rebellious people is awesome. God did not place you in the captivity of our world because of sin, to not be taken care of or provided for. He places people in captivity to teach us to rely on Him. When Israel repented God would bring them out of exile and not before.
If God has showed you the captivity of school, work or your situation, consider this repent if there is any unrepented sin, turn to following His instruction. Some captivity is for a time and a purpose. However captivity is something you yourself did not planned for your life. You can be in that captivity with benefits from God or wallow in the mud because of your sin. School and work captivity is for a future of good benefits,hopefully and in truth never feel like being exiled. It does not always work the way you want, but captivity of our life, is clear, we make the best of the situation we are in, despite our situation. You get a bad or mean spirited teacher, or boss and you do dread the day ahead. Yet if you keep not the job you find yourself without a paycheck without securing the next job. So that evil teacher you once had is for a purpose to teach you to press on in that job, knowing that mean boss do exist.
What then is your situation if you were you wish not to be. Can you change it, perhaps, but can God design a special role for you in bad situation. In captivity one is lassoed with facing the situation they are in, and whether they caused their situation or not. God was going to take Israel through captivity to a place of repentance. If you find yourself in captivity consider seeking God first to see if your heart is clear of sin, and then repent of any sin that you might discover in your life. And trust in God forgiveness to change your situation or help you to rise above your situation in some way, because you are a child of God as a believer in faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, take us through captivity of our life in the world in which we live pressing on in faith, with a repented and contrite heart, so despite the fact we must face the elements of our world we are in, we can still speak of your ability to enable us in time of difficulty. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
2 Corinthians 1:4-7 KJV