Hi all. Just a quick post – no pictures yet – tomorrow I’ll get back in form – having Blissdom plague and all. But studying and sharing – that makes me happy. Thanks for telling me I could take a day – but this makes me smile – even though the topic is heavy.
So yesterday came that passage (EZE 14:1-13 here) that seems really out of place in our Bible.
It does, doesn’t it?
That God would say to people coming to him (at the time, through a prophet) – that he would hear their questions and mislead them?
Wow. I thought the same thing.
So here I start digging.
The prophet Ezekiel, lived among the Exiles of Israel in Babylon. He wrote big stuff like the wheel within a wheel vision of God, and Messiah prophecies, and this, the second confirmation that God does sometimes mislead his children.
The conditions leading up to the misleading of Ahab (parts 1-4) are a lot like the conditions that bring about the “misleading” in this passage.
This is what I think the Bible teaches, about when we (I), might be vulnerable to a “God” misleading.
The conditions in Ezekiel 14 are two fold:
1. Being close enough to God to still seek an answer from him, while at the same time being “estranged”, indifferent, alienated, maybe even hostile. (like Ahab)
2. Not only sinning, like all of us do, but dwelling upon my sinful actions – planning future sins and fondly remembering past ones. Instead of living from righteous act, to righteous act, while striving for righteousness – this condition is living from sin, to sin, while seeking sin.
The story behind these verses?
The culprits in these verses are some leaders of the Exiles in Babylon, who themselves had strayed from God. They come to Ezekiel to seek God’s council. (right!?)
How do I know they’re culprits guilty of straying?
I’m told in verses 1-3:
1 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me. 2 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 3 “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?
The answer to this question is really shocking.
But that’s for tomorrow.
This was just a snippet to keep momentum going. I love writing for you guys.
Tomorrow there’s more on this – this strange stuff that seems so, so ,