Today you should read: Ezekiel 13
Pulling no punches, Ezekiel goes right after false prophets here in chapter 13. The ‘Benny Hinns’ and ‘Joseph Smiths’ of the day were not to be tolerated. And this was also a warning for us, the church of today. The whole chapter reminds me of the ever-so-important words of John in his writings to young Christians:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6 ESV)
There were two warnings that Ezekiel was giving in this chapter in his word from the Lord. In the first 16 verses, he addresses men who were speaking mindless delusions about God. Then in verse 17, he picks up with hard words towards women who were completely fake and “prophesying from their own heart”, not from the oracles of God. This has no place in true Kingdom preaching and teaching.
The passage ends with God’s promise to make things right. What was He making right, though? See, the righteous were being oppressed, while the wicked were being celebrated and exalted. His promise is simple: He will invert this. His Kingdom welcomes the truly righteous, those who have been changed by His Son and given a perfect righteousness. Those who do not know His Son are wicked, and they will not inherit the Kingdom.
What did God teach you today? How has reading the book Ezekiel been helpful for you in this season of your life and faith? Blessings, CPC family!
Posted by: Todd Thomas