Ezekiel 7: The Day of the Wrath of the LORD
1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "And you, O son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.
3 Now the end is upon you, and I will send my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.
4 And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
5 "Thus says the Lord GOD: Disaster after disaster! Behold, it comes.
6 An end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes.
7 Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting on the mountains.
8 Now I will soon pour out my wrath upon you, and spend my anger against you, and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.
9 And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the LORD, who strikes.
10 "Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! Your doom has come; the rod has blossomed; pride has budded.
11 Violence has grown up into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be pre-eminence among them.
12 The time has come; the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn, for wrath is upon all their multitude.
13 For the seller shall not return to what he has sold, while they live. For the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not turn back; and because of his iniquity, none can maintain his life.
14 "They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but none goes to battle, for my wrath is upon all their multitude.
15 The sword is without; pestilence and famine are within. He who is in the field dies by the sword, and him who is in the city famine and pestilence devour.
16 And if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains, like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, each one over his iniquity.
17 All hands are feeble, and all knees turn to water.
18 They put on sackcloth, and horror covers them. Shame is on all faces, and baldness on all their heads.
19 They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.
20 His beautiful ornament they used for pride, and they made their abominable images and their detestable things of it. Therefore I make it an unclean thing to them.
21 And I will give it into the hands of foreigners for prey, and to the wicked of the earth for spoil, and they shall profane it.
22 I will turn my face from them, and they shall profane my treasured place. Robbers shall enter and profane it.
23 "Forge a chain! For the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.
24 I will bring the worst of the nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the strong, and their holy places shall be profaned.
25 When anguish comes, they will seek peace, but there shall be none.
26 Disaster comes upon disaster; rumour follows rumour. They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders.
27 The king mourns, the prince is wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land are paralysed by terror. According to their way I will do to them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, and they shall know that I am the LORD."
Things to think about…
1.Look at verses Ez 7:1-4 in this chapter. They say that we can know the Lord through judgement. The reality is, our hearts are cold, hard and rebellious. There is no good thing that dwells within us, Rom 3:10-12. Sometimes we need a spiritual kick in the pants. Remember our God is a consuming fire, Heb 12:29! We need to respect His character. What has he disciplined you for in the past?
2.Ez 7:9 says that the Lord's eye will not spare nor will He have pity due to their abominations. It's only through the grace of Christ that we can reconcile the God of the OT with the NT. What have you concluded with regard to this subject and the NT ministry of Christ with His focus of grace and reconciliation? Surely He has borne our punishment. But punishment was required nonetheless.
3.Jerusalem was finally destroyed in 587BC and what is recorded in Ez 7:15-19 did actually happen. The captives were brought to the most basic levels of existence, their silver and gold could not save them. We cannot be saved by wealth when the Lord's hand is against us. What idols are in Australia that we need to speak out against?
4.In the last few verses, Ez 7:21-27 we see other nations come and plunder what is left of Jerusalem. The people were seeking visions from the prophets, but none would come because they turned away from the law. This happened in 586BC and we have a book written by Jeremiah – Lamentations that records the final outcome and state of the city. Please continue to pray for the churches of our city, that pastors and ministers of the gospel that we would stay focused on the Word of God. May there be an honesty and an accountability desired from the congregations. Please continue to pray for me that the Word of God and faithful preaching would remain my focus.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday morning's message on "You are God's gift to me" from Song of Songs 1:9-2:7.
1.These words are flowery and use poetic language. Have you ever felt this way about a person where you only had eyes for them? What was going through your mind and heart?
2.Often our first love is filled with endorphins and chemicals that keep us in an infatuation, honeymoon type state. Studies have shown these wear off after 18months to 3 years. The young person that you fell in love with no longer has the same appeal. What do you do to maintain romance and affection in your marriage?
3.The Song of Solomon has some resemblances to our connection with Christ as His bride. The Apostle John speaks about the Ephesian church while doctrinally pure had lost their first love, Rev 2:4,5. Jesus tells them to repent. What must we repent of when we wain in our love for Christ and the gospel.
4.Pray for a zeal in your closest relationships. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you with His gifts, love and grace?
1.This Saturday's men's breakfast
2.CBC's ministries for this term
3.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
4.Next Sunday's messages. Ezekiel 3"Whose watching over me?" in the morning, "Israel – the miracle nation"– Axiom 6pm.
5.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.
6.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.
7.Church finances – Pray all expenses are met and that we can again support Digital Harvest and One for Israel.
8.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services
2.Unity, love and peace
1.Denning group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.
3.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church..
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.
5.Members Meeting – 18th August after morning service.
6.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here https://www.anewconference.org.au/conferences/mapleton
This month's catechism question...
Q. 2. In whose name should we pray?
A. Only in the name of Christ.
Bible Reference – John14:13&14; John 16:23&24; Heb.4:14-16.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3