“Then I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, they are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?’” Ezekiel 20:49.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 20-21, Psalm 111, and Revelation 8.
Ezekiel has the elders of Israel in front of him as he relates what God wants him to say. Ezekiel goes into details about what Israel has done and what God has done about it.
That is the pattern and it is part of the history of Israel.
But the audience does not want to believe the account that Ezekiel is giving. They may be good with the facts of what Israel did but they aren’t good with Ezekiel’s account of God’s motivation for His actions.
The elders have their own version of how God functions. God being so angry with them cannot be true. The elders suggest that Ezekiel is creating his own “truth” and they don’t care for it.
When you don’t believe someone’ conclusions, the easy route is to denigrate the teller and that’s what the elders choose to do.
I need to know that not only is God a God of love but He is also a God of justice. I must be open with God about my sinfulness. I am a sinner and if I want to be clean before Him I must take ownership of what I do. I can’t persist in blaming those in my midst. It’s on me.
“Lord, I thank You that You love me. I am unworthy of Your love. Forgive me. Cleanse me. Make me instantly mindful of sinning so that I can make quick corrections. I know that I can’t rightly represent You in a distracted, sinful condition. I love You, Lord.”
God is watching my every move. He knows my history. I must love Him with every fiber of my being.