Winter arrived with a storm yesterday. Today, we have had sleet, rain, and single digit temperatures. Half the town is ill with viruses. Merely a fortnight ago we were in a very warm Autumn, wearing our summer clothes, but now everything is damp and cold, and the dogs are sitting next to the fire.
At the same time the culture of the press and the elite has turned not towards God, seeking his face, but as we have disaster and massacre to regulating social media and speech. Apparently in Australia the Left (during an election campaign) have made the PM's faith a point of contention. The question has to be, how should we handle this?
For the text today is aimed at prophets, and they are told to take a teaspoon of concrete. Harden up. This is going to be rough.
8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”Ezekiel 2:8-3:11,NIV
9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.
3 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. 5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel— 6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate. 8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. 9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”
10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. 11 Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.”
We are not responsible for the rebellion of the elite or the degredation of the culture. The rebellious will rebel. We are responsible for our witness. We are not to celebrate the obstinate habits of evil. We are to do good, and preach repentance. Though the elite rail.
For to not preach is to be held accountable: to not prophesy if a prophet is to bring the fate of others onto yourself, and to not proclaim the gospel (which is greater than any prophecy) is to allow the spirit of this age to damn a generation.
Harden up and do not be like this.