Today you should read: Ezekiel 12
“Son of man, you live among rebels who have eyes but refuse to see. They have ears but refuse to hear. For they are a rebellious people.” Ezekiel 12:1-2
This seems to be a running theme throughout all the Bible. The idea of eyes and ears not being used or not being able to be used by the people. Here are a few passages that use this imagery:
“Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not.” Jeremiah 5:21
Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? Mark 8:18
What does this mean? Here are a few ideas:
The idea of the eye is that it is used to see things. The people did not see, at least 3 things:
a. Their sin
They did not see their sin, or at least they chose to ignore it.
b. Their God
They looked away from God and turned to other things, other gods.
c. Their judgment
They did not see what was coming. God was bringing great judgment on them.
Ears are for hearing and understanding. They did not hear…
a. God’s laws
They were defying God’s laws so either they were not listening or they were deliberately disobeying
b. God’s calls
God had been calling out to the people for years to come back to Him and to repent of their sins but they turned a deaf ear to it.
c. God’s verdict
God had determined that enough was enough and that the people would be punished for their sins. They didn’t believe it. They didn’t listen.
Well, we know the rest of the story and what happened. So what about us? Spend today asking yourself these questions:
1. How are my eyes? Am I seeing my sin and my God clearly?
2. How are my ears? Am I clearly hearing God’s words? Am I listening and responding to God’s calls of repentance?
Posted by: Robbie Byrd