Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Be Not Thou Rebellious

Ezekiel 2:8 KJV
But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

After receiving news that the congregation Ezekiel was to minister to was a hard hearted and rebellious God turned his focus onto Ezekiel himself and charged him, "... Be not thou rebellious..." Here we have emphasized the matter of personal responsibility.
  • Regardless of the actions of others
  • Regardless of the numbers who choose to go a direction away from God
each of us has the very same charge, "Be not thou rebellious."

Often the direction of rebellion has an appealing look. It seems to be like those well watered plains that Lot chose. Frequently the direction of rebellion seems like the path God sets before us. Baalam knew better than to go to Balak, but it seemed like God had opened that door.

The path of rebellion is the direction almost everyone else is taken. But I am reminded of the old Puritan adage "Dead fish travel down stream."
Our responsibility before God is clear, if we will hear it; "Be not thou rebellious."

Obey the Lord if you are the only one who does. 

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