Scripture – 29 November 2015

A Thought from the Old Testament

Ezekiel. 12:2; “2Son 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.” 

God had warned Ezekiel before about these people, but He is reminding him because Ezekiel may get discouraged. God said; way back at the beginning of Israel’s history:

Deuteronomy 29:4; “4Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.”   

These people had their eyes closed and their ears stopped. Ezekiel was not the only prophet who confirmed this truth about these people – Isaiah and Jeremiah did also.

Isaiah 6:9-10; “9And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  10Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”   

Jeremiah 5:21; “21Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:”   

In addition, the Book of Acts closes with this statement:

Acts 28:26-27; “26Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:  27For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”   

These people had closed eyes and ears.

Today, when people say they cannot believe, it is not a mental problem; it is a matter of the will of the heart – they do not want to believe. Some say they have certain “mental reservations,” mental hurdles which they cannot get over. The problem is never in the mind but in the will. There is sin in the life, and a man does not want to turn to God; he does not want to believe Him.

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Ezekiel 11:13-25; ”13And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel? 14Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  15Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession.  16Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.  17Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.  18And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.  19And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:  20That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.  21But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD. 22Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.  23And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.  24Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.  25Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had showed me.” 

1 John 1; “1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;  2(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)  3That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Do we believe?  It is our choice.  No one can do it for us.

Matthew 6:33; “33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

Matthew 6:24; “24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Romans 8:28;28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

                                                                                       

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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