November 20, Ezekiel 11: 20

Ezekiel 11: 20

   ‟ That 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. ”

Wow, the book of Ezekiel if a book of visions.  It is the retelling of all the sins, then it goes to promises, then to punishments.  All through out it speaks of the people not keeping the statutes, ordinances, and their idolatry.  Then Ezekiel is given the promise of the Lord gathering his people back and making them great again.  Not just once was this emphasized but throughout.  The Lord also sends the message that “ye shall know that I am the Lord.”  He reminds them that they have not kept the statutes, nor the judgements; but have kept the heathen manners.  To put it simply they did not keep themselves separate.  But He gives us a promise.

That promise is contingent upon several things.  It is not the bribe of candy that we give our children, but a much better bribe.  The Lord wants to gather us together to walk in his path.  But he will only gather those that tremble at His word, and those that are despised by the world for Him.  He is reminding us that sometimes being without a physical presence of a building to worship in, we can have a closer connect with Him.    He wants to be their/our God.

Ⅱ Corinthians 5:7   ‟ (For we walk by faith, not by sight.)
Colossians 2:6   ‟ As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him:

The requirement here is that we need to walk in His path.  Not the path of the world.  Just as those that the chapter speaks of, we need to do more than walk with an outward appearance.  Notice this verse uses these three words: walk,” “keep,” and do.”  Each of these words are building on each other.  He is reiterating the need for action.  Even to include what we do in our closet.  We have heard the phrase of “walk the walk.”  Some add “to talk the talk.”  Think about it, the world sees us walk every day.  But do we keep what we are “walking”?  Do we do as He instructs us?  In our hearts do we really want to be with His people and do we really want to receive Christ?

Galations 5:16   ‟ This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. ”

Our promise is in the prayer of our Christ, in John 17.

9   ‟ I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  …”
11  ‟… Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. ...
14   ‟ I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, …”

 

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