Acts 11:25-26, "Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."Read More
"The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced."Read More
JOHN 13:36, "Simon Peter said unto him, 'Lord, whither goest thou?' Jesus answered him, 'Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.'"
John 10: 27-28, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."Read More
John 9:29-31, "We (the Pharisees) know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow (Jesus), we know not from whence he is. 30The man (one born blind) answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened my eyes. 31Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."Read More
John 6:27, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed."Read More
1 John 2:15, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
"... Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?" - Dan. 4:30Read More
Daniel 3:28, "Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God."Read More
Ezekiel 48:35, "...and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there."Read More
Ezekiel 43:2-5, "...behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 3And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, evenaccording to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect istoward the east. 5So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house."Read More
Ezekiel 38:23, "Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD."Read More
Ezekiel 34:26, "And I will make them (God's flock) and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing."Read More
Ezekiel 33:30-33, "Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32And, lo, thou artunto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. 33And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them."
Ezekiel 25:17, "And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes, and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them."Read More
Ezekiel 22:30, "...I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."
Jeremiah 17:9-10, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."Read More
Ezekiel 14:6, "...Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations."Read More
Ezekiel 8:12, "...Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth."Read More
Ezekiel 3:17, "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me."
Ezekiel is given a great responsibility by the Lord. God has called him to be a watchman unto the house of Israel. He had already been told that his ministry would be to those of the captivity and not to those who spoke a different language (Ezekiel 3:4-5). He was in Babylon doing the work of God. Are you doing the Lord's work or are you living a life filled with selfish pleasure? May we all be serious about our relationship with God, and serve Him according to His purposes.
With responsibility comes marching orders. God directs Ezekiel about what is involved in being a watchman.
- First, Ezekiel had to hear what the Lord was saying to him. "...therefore hear the word at my mouth..." It doesn't matter much what we say, except it be sent to us from God. Communication is important but we must first know what to communicate and we can't communicate what is really important without hearing from God through His Word.
- Next, he was told, "...and give them warning from me." God warns in love and mercy. Have you ever thought about that? Often times people ignore warnings, thinking they have life under control, but such is never the case. God is in control, and part of that which He controls is judgment and/or blessing. If we heed God's warnings He will respond to us in mercy. If we ignore God's warnings and continue to live in sin, He will respond to us in judgment. Israel had learned this first hand.
May we live today being faithful in our God given responsibilities, making sure to do the things God commands. Living before the Lord with a tender heart in obedience to Him is one of the most important things in your Christian life.
Have a great day serving the Savior, and plan on being in God's House tomorrow.
Your Friend in HIM,
Pastor Mike Abbott