Shabbat Shalom my precious girls! I pray this finds you all doing wonderfully and growing stronger in Him by the day!
We left off in our study with Yhwh telling us that He scattered the children of Israel because of their rebellion—they weren’t keeping His Sabbath’s and laws, but were despising them, and going after their father’s idols. I would like to pick up where we left off.
Let’s pick up in verses 31…
Ezekiel 20:31, “For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord Yhwh, I will not be enquired of by you.
We may not cause our sons to pass through the fire, but I want to bring this closer to home. They were sinning against Yhwh, and thus, Yhwh would not be inquired of by them! He was silent, because of their sin. Is Yhwh silent with us? I have often found two specific reasons that Yhwh becomes silent with me, personally. 1) Because He is testing me to see if I will do what He has told me to do, and 2) Because there is sin in my life and the sin has placed a barrier between my Holy God, and myself. It is easy for us to read this and think “well, that’s good! That’s not me! I don’t do this, so I’m good!” But are we? My precious sisters, is there sin in our lives that we are not willing to deal with? Is there sin keeping an unhealthy distance between your God and you? Make it personal. If Yhwh is being silent with you, why? Find out! When we see problems with our friends being silent or distant with us, do we not seek out why and what has happened to cause it? Why do we not do the same with Yhwh? Ask Him to show YOU how YOU can become holy in His presence! Ask Him to search your own heart.
This next section is what stopped me dead in my tracks. It is a sobering realization.
Ezekiel 20:34-38, “And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered (a wonderful thought…or so it seems), with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out (most dwell on the re-gathering…but Yhwh isn’t going to just re-gather us. He is about to deal with us and test us like never before!). And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord Yhwh. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am Yhwh.”
Yes, we so look forward to the regathering! But read that passage again!!! Yhwh said He will regather His people, with fury. He is about to see who is truly on His side, and who is not. We often don’t think about the wilderness experience of the children of Israel, but we are about to be brought through the very same thing! Will we pass the test?! Yhwh says He is about to plead with us, FACE TO FACE! He wants the rebels out! He wants only a people who will listen to His voice and follow His ways! Those who continue to transgress, will NOT enter the land of Israel. There is no longer a living on the line. Those who claim to serve Him, but aren’t, won’t be allowed in. It is clear as can be. He is going to pass us under the rod and see who will obey Him, and who won’t. Who will follow Him, and who won’t.
Sisters, will you pass the test? Will you honor and obey Him? He’s asking Ezekiel to plead with the people and I am pleading with you! We have got to stop living life on the line, trying to please the world around us, and trying to half heartily please Him. Lukewarmness is going to be destroyed. Yhwh tells us it will be either all the way, or no way. Will we follow and obey Him? Will we stop despising His ways? Will we stop learning the ways of the heathen? We are to live in the world, but we are NOT to be OF the world. There is a huge difference. Will we become a holy and set-apart people so that we can stand before a holy and just God? Will we become a righteous and holy bride, putting the sin behind us? This is what He is begging us to do! He wants a bride who is pure and white…but we can only become this through His Son. We can only become this, through obedience…both in our hearts and minds, and in our every day actions. What does our lives speak?
Ezekiel 20:39-44, “As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord Yhwh; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord Yhwh, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I am Yhwh, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I am Yhwh, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord Yhwh.”
Wow. It so amazes me how much Yhwh loves us!! He tells us He is about to cleanse house. He wants the rebels to stop polluting His name. He tells them to go. If they aren’t for Him, then to leave and go do what they want. But He wants to bring us back to His holy mountain, Jerusalem, as a holy and righteous bride/nation/people. But He does not bring us back, UNTIL He has passed us under the rod to see where we stand. He wants us to realize 1) It isn’t our own “righteousness” that will bring us there. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of Yhwh. 2) He is bringing us back, for His name’s sake…not because we deserve it, for we surely do not. and 3) That we MUST MUST MUST be obedient to Him and follow His Word, which is truth.
I see two people, much the same in this passage, yet totally different. Both have sinned, both have fallen short of His glory. But one is repentant and turns to Him, to His covenant, His ways, and His mercy and forgiveness. The other doesn’t. One enters, one does not. Which will we be?
It’s so easy for us to point the finger. But the truth of the matter is, as my father often says, when we do, there are three more pointing towards us. We need to search our hearts and our lives and get the sin out of them. We can’t compare ourselves, among ourselves. We must compare our lives, up against the truth of scripture! Where are we not living our lives, as He has laid out? Are we polluting His name? His Sabbath’s? His laws? Are we despising His ways? Are we learning the ways of the heathen? Before we can minister to His people, we have to first look internally within our own hearts. Which group will we find ourselves in?
I can’t tell you how many area’s Yhwh has convicted me about, as I ponder and meditate this, and seek His face. Things I never even realized before, become apparent and clear. Things I realized were a struggle for me, yet I never understood why…until He showed me the sin in my life, causing it. How much do we simply accept, instead of going to Him in prayer and asking Him “why am I thus?”
Girls, go deep. Let Him search your heart and show you things. Go back to the word of Yhwh and truly ask Him to show YOU where you aren’t walking in His ways. Let Him cleanse you and make you ready! He longs to bring us into His covenant. But we have to be holy, as He is holy. We have to stop trying to play both sides of the line! We are either for Him, or against Him. There is no middle ground. Which will you choose? Who will you serve? Truly, serve? Wholeheartedly, serve? He will not tolerate the mentality of “when it’s convenient, I’ll serve you”. He wants our hearts. He longs to have our hearts. He longs, as would our groom, to know we are totally, fully, and completely, His alone. He wants the idols (or idle’s) out of our hearts and lives.
May we become a people who He can regather back home.