Shabbat Shalom my precious girls,
I pray this finds you all doing wonderfully and enjoying this absolutely beautiful Shabbat! Atleast it is absolutely beautiful here on the north shore, in Massachusetts!
I mentioned a passage of scripture that I wanted to share that I have been mediating on for weeks now. There are actually quite a few, but this chapter is what has been the basis of all the other scripture verses…and it’s Ezekiel 20. Months ago, as I was praying about something, Yhwh had given me this passage of scripture. But more recently, He has been pulling out different things within it, and its been so convicting and so thought-provoking for me. It begins with Yhwh seemingly pleading with Ezekiel. Let’s read what He says…
Ezekiel 20:4 “Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to KNOW the abominations of their fathers:”
Cause them to know the abominations of their fathers. But what exactly was their problem? What abominations was Yhwh pleading with Ezekiel to show them?
First we see Yhwh telling them to “…cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt:…” Then we see as we read further in the chapter what their problem was. “Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them (remember this part!) my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths (key part!), to be a sign between me and them, that they might KNOW that I am Yhwh that sanctify them.”
So we see here what the whole chapter is about. Yhwh gave them his judgments, his statutes, his sabbaths, and something was happening that caused Yhwh to be just a wee bit upset with the people. Remember what He said at the beginning of the chapter…”Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to KNOW…!” He said He gave us all these laws, to be a sign between us, that we would KNOW that He was Yhwh which sanctifies them. Let’s continue reading on.
“But the house of Israel REBELLED AGAINST ME in the wilderness: they walked NOT in my statutes, and they DESPISED (key word) my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they GREATLY (key word) polluted: then said I, I would pour out my fury upon them…” a little bit further down the chapter “Because they DESPISED my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: FOR THEIR HEART WENT AFTER THEIR IDOLS.”
I want you to think about these key points that Yhwh is addressing here. Yhwh gave, yet they were despising and greatly polluting His Sabbath’s and laws. But how were they? They were polluting them because their heart went after idols. In another area He mentions them learning the ways of the heathen. So the question that I had and have is, putting this in today’s time period, and making it personal, are we doing the same things? Are there laws that we despise? We may do them. I’m not saying we don’t. But do we DESPISE them? Do we look down upon them?And, are we polluting His Sabbath’s (or any other laws) by idols that we have set up in our own lives? Have other things taken the place of Yhwh? Are we learning the ways of the heathen? How does our hearts line up? Do we pass the test? Or are we, too, walking in the abominations of our fathers?
Ezekiel 20:18-21, “But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am Yhwh your God; walk in MY statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am Yhwh your God. Notwithstanding the children REBELLED against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.”
Over and over and over again He keeps explaining this was the problem. They were not obeying Him. They were not only walking in their own ways, they were despising and polluting His. I think He is referring to all of his statutes and judgments, but I found it very interesting that He constantly refers back to His Sabbath’s. We MUST hallow His Sabbath’s! It is SO important that we keep it holy. But read what happens next.
Ezekiel 20:22-24, “Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake (key part!), that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen (Key phrase!), in whose sight I brought them forth. I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries (WHY????); BECAUSE they had not executed my judgments, but had DESPISED my statutes, and had POLLUTED my sabbaths, and THEIR EYES were after their fathers’ idols.”
They were scattered because He cares about His name and they were defiling it! He cares how we represent Him, He cares how we keep His laws, but He even cares how we THINK about His laws!
So let me pass the question onto you that I have had going through my own mind; Are there laws that you may not understand, or like, that you despise or simply look down upon? It’s easy to point the finger and tell others that they are walking in the abominations of their forefathers, but the question really needs to become personal, Are we? How do our lives line up with scripture?
It’s had me on a journey of really going through His word and evaluating my own life up against His word. Are my thoughts pleasing in His eyes? Is the way I live my life, pleasing to Him? Am I hallowing and keeping His Sabbath’s the way HE designed? Have I set up other idols in my life (remember, idols can be anything that makes us idle with Yhwh)? Am I learning the ways of the heathen around me, without even realizing it?
My precious sisters, we have to make the word, personal. It was written for US. Are your conversations pleasing? Do they glorify your God? Is your language pure? Or are you trying to “fit in” with the world around you? How do you keep His Sabbath days? Has Sabbath been turned into a day of speaking our own words and doing what pleases us, or what pleases Him? That’s a whole post in and of itself! But this chapter has had me pondering and meditating and asking Yhwh to search my own heart and see if their be any wicked way in it. I don’t have time right now, but as soon as I do, I will try to post part 2 of this chapter. I think what Yhwh says will make you stop in your tracks and sincerely think and ponder it even more than what He has already shared with us up to this point! Its incredible! We MUST take inventory of our lives. Remember Yhwh scattered the children of Israel for His names sake, because of their rebellion! We are STILL scattered today What will it take to be regathered in Israel? But I must not get ahead of myself. :o)
For now, I have dinner to prepare and a fire to get going, as another Shabbat has passed and another day has dusked (I can’t say dawned, as it’s evening! lol). So until next time…