Ezekiel’s Call to be a Watchman Resonates Today

In the following verses, God commissions Ezekiel to be a watchman to the house of Israel during the Babylonian captivity.  What implications, if any, do these words have for believers in the Messiah today?

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.  When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.  Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou has not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou has delivered thy soul (Ezekiel 3: 17-21 KJV).

In Acts 20: 24-28 (NIV), the apostle Paul says to the Ephesian elders, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.  Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.  Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”  (See Acts 18: 6 also.)

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Pregnant? Need Help? Call 1-800-662-2678

Next Wednesday, January 22, is the forty-first anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  The question “when does life begin” is not a matter of semantics for me.

Many years ago, I was working as an RN on a surgical unit in a hospital in Virginia when someone in admissions called to say that she was sending a patient to my floor who was in the process of aborting a baby.  The woman’s saline abortion had begun in a clinic, and she was having contractions.  (In a saline abortion, saline is injected into the woman’s amniotic fluid.  The baby ingests the saline and dies of toxicity).

According to the chart, the mother was about four months pregnant. Even though I was a liberal feminist and did not have strong feelings about abortion, I was disturbed.  What if the baby was born alive?  Clearly, I was not to do anything.  That’s why the woman was sent to my floor instead of the delivery room.

I delivered the baby in a bedpan.  He looked like a full-term baby boy, only smaller, and he was dead.  I remember looking at the boy and thinking “this is murder.”  From that day to this, I have been pro-life.

The average women considering abortion is in a desperate situation.  She does not want to kill her baby.  She wants to turn the clock back.  Maybe her husband, boyfriend, or a family member is pressuring her to abort.  It’s hard to make a life-changing decision when you’re in a crisis pregnancy and time is running out.

If you know a woman with a crisis pregnancy, be sure to tell her (or her husband/boyfriend) about crisis pregnancy centers.  They are non-profit organizations that offer free services, such as pregnancy tests, maternity clothes, housing,  baby clothes, baby furniture, etc.

To find the nearest crisis pregnancy center near you, click here.  Lifecall has listings of CPCs throughout the United States.

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The Gospel in the Old and New Testaments

Did you know that you can find the Gospel of Jesus Christ (a.k.a. Yeshua the Messiah) in both Old and New Testaments?  I use a cross-reference Bible to find parallels throughout the Bible. Almost everything you read in the New Testament has a counterpart in the Old.  The terms Old and New Testaments are related to the Old and New Covenants highlighted in Jeremiah 31: 31-33, Ezekiel 36: 26-27, 2 Corinthians 3: 3, Hebrews 8: 7-12, and Hebrews 10: 16-18. 

Isaiah 53: 1-12 and Psalm 22 describe the sufferings of the Messiah.  Acts 8: 25-35 confirms that “the Suffering Servant” of Isaiah 53 is Jesus.  Consider the following passages also:

WHO IS THE MESSIAH?

There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11: 1-2 KJV).

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth  (Revelation 5: 5-6 KJV).

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.  I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star (Revelation 22: 16 KJV).

GOD HAS A SON

I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee (Psalm 2: 7 KJV).

For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?  And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (Hebrews 1: 5 KJV).

ALL HAVE SINNED

Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Thy faithfulness, in Thy righteousness! And do not enter into judgment with Thy servant, For in Thy sight no man living is righteous (Psalm 143 KJV).

God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God.  Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one (Psalm 53: 2-3 KJV).

As it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE” (Romans 3: 10-12 KJV).

THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH

“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God.  “Therefore, repent and live” (Ezekiel 18: 32 NASB).

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6: 23 NASB).

WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS OF SIN

‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement’ (Leviticus 17: 11 NASB).

And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9: 22 NASB).

BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1: 29 KJV).

Your lamb shall be without blemish a male of the first year; ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats; And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it (Exodus 12: 5-8 KJV).

And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s passover.  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.  And the blood shall be to you for as token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will passover you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt (Exodus 12: 11-13 KJV).

For this is the blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Matthew 26: 28 KJV).

Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.  For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us (I Corinthians 5: 6-7 KJV).

SCRIPTURE FULFILLED

He keeps his bones not one of them  is broken (Psalm 34: 20 NASB).

“And I will pour out on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born” (Zechariah 12: 10 NASB).

For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN.” And again another Scripture says, “THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED” (John 19: 36-37 NASB).

NO MORE DEATH

He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken (Isaiah 25: 8-9 NASB).

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away (Revelation 21: 3-4 NASB).

 

 

10 more Bible Characters of great faith

Walter Bright continues his list of men and women of faith in the Bible. I love this as well as his first list. The Bible is as relevant today as it was when it was written. Study the lives of these men and women of God to develop a closer relationship Your Creator and Savior.

Walter Bright

10 more Bible Characters of great faith

I wrote 10 Bible Characters of great faith on January 8, 2013 and it soon became the number one all-time post on my blog. Trust me, I didn’t plan that. I don’t know why, but it has been reblogged, downloaded, emailed, and shared on Facebook and Twitter more than any other post I have ever written, drawing incredible traffic and referrers from Google search Engine.

I have also been slammed for choosing the characters I chose above other great characters of faith. So, on this one year anniversary of the most popular post on my blog, one year non-stop, I would like to propose “10 More Bible Characters of great faith.” A cloud of witnesses I would love to hang out with any day any time.

Here is #1 of 10 More
Enoch walked with God
Genesis 5:24
Enoch walked with God, and…

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10 Bible Characters of Great Faith

The Bible is filled with examples of great men and women of faith. They mentor us in the ways of God. We can learn what to do and what to avoid by studying their lives. We can also learn from Biblical anti-heroes–such as Balam, Nabal, King Saul, and Jezebel. If you read about their sinful acts, you’ll know what displeases God.

Walter Bright

…we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…

It is very important to surround oneself with people who can impact your life for the good and not for the bad. Here is a list of a few great men and women worth hanging out with 24/7.

1. Noah was a man who took God seriously.
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. Genesis 6:22

2.Nehemiah was a man who silenced the Nay Sayers and did what they said he couldn’t do.
Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.” Nehemiah 2:20

3. Job was a man whose life and resolve was tested beyond imagination, yet did not curse God.
“In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” Job…

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