When Your World Crumbles Eze. 1:1-3; 1:28; 2:1-5; 6:7-10 June 01, 2014
At times all of us may think our world is crumbling. In reality it may or may not. But in these kinds of situations God is still in control. If we have not been faithful to Him; it is time to get back on tract with Him and His commands.
1. When Your World Crumbles Your Life Will Be . . Interrupted. 1:1-3
A. Interrupted and . . Dated. 1:1-2
1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, while I was among the exiles by
the Chebar Canal, the heavens opened and I saw visions of God.
2 On the fifth day of the month—it was the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's exile—
B. Interrupted and . . Detailed. 1:3
3 the word of the Lord came directly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by
the Chebar Canal. And the Lord's hand was on him there.
No doubt if you have had an experience something like this you will remember the date and time. You may associate some activities of your life with the difficult time. I think for the people of God they will always have an idea as to why there is this kind of happening at this time in their life. Verse three says the Lord’s hand was on him. That is always a comforting thought for all of us in times of trouble. So this passage gives both the dates of this happening and the details of how He guided Ezekiel. I take from this text that in similar experiences I can expect to receive from God similar actions from Him. I do not expect everything to be exactly like Ezekiel received but enough like that I can generally say He told me so.
2. When Your World Crumbles Your Life Will Be . . Inspired. 1:28
A. Inspired and Appreciated as the . . Appearance of the Lord. 1:28a
28a The appearance of the brilliant light all around was like that of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. This was the appearance of the form of the Lord's glory. . . .”
B. Inspired and Appreciated as An . . Awareness of the Lord. 1:28a
When I saw it, I fell facedown and heard a voice speaking. 1:28b
When we sense our world is in for a very unique time it is great to sense the Lord’s presence. These people received a sight that they believed was an appearance of the Lord’s glory. Why would that help? If you believe the strange experiences you are going through it is great to believe God has the knowledge, strength and power to bring a calmness not available without the sense of His presence. Many, if not, most, Christians can tell of an experience when they sensed the presence of God in very difficult times and walked with their head held up high and believed God was in charge. Such an experience brings inspiration for other times in our walk with the Lord.
3 When Your World Crumbles You May Be . . Infused with Power. 2:1-5
A. Infused With Power for A . . Mission To The Israelites. 2:1-3
2:1 He said to me, "Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak with you."
2 As He spoke to me, the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and I listened to the One who was
speaking to me.
3 He said to me: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites and to the rebellious nations who have
rebelled against Me. The Israelites and their ancestors have transgressed against Me to this day.
B. Infused With Power for A . . Ministry of Prophetic Speech. 2:4-5
4 The children are obstinate and hardhearted. I am sending you to them, and you must say to them: This is what the Lord God says. 5 Whether they listen or refuse to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.
Ezekiel was receiving a specific call from God to become His Prophet to the nation of Israel at this time. God calls these people rebellious, even including their ancestors. God tells Ezekiel He will tell him what to say and whether they listen or refuse to listen, they will know that a prophet has been among them. Many if not most ministers will tell you at times they sought God and His message and in the best of their ability delivered it. But it was not received. The minister could walk away and say I know I delivered the message as God gave it to me. One of the most important things for the minister is to know he has been faithful.
4 When Your World Crumbles You May Be . . Inflicted by Godly Punishment. 6:7-10
A. Inflicted With Punishment for . . Disobedience. 6:7-9
7 The slain will fall among you, and you will know that I am the Lord.
8 "Yet I will leave a remnant when you are scattered among the nations, for throughout the countries there
will be some of you who will escape the sword.
9 Then your survivors will remember Me among the nations where they are taken captive, how I was
crushed by their promiscuous hearts that turned away from Me and by their eyes that lusted after their idols.
They will loathe themselves because of the evil things they did, their abominations of every kind.
B. Inflicted With Punishment of . . Disaster. 6:10
10 And they will know that I am the Lord; I did not threaten to bring this disaster on them without a reason.
Few men who have seen the disasters of war want to talk about it. To relive it brings anguish but if you know above it all it included the punishment of God it is somewhat more bearable. This action was the direct action of the disobedience of most of God’s people. God told Ezekiel the people would remember. That has to bring added sadness because they had been so disobedient. God reminds these people He did not bring disaster on them without a reason. It is good to remember this When Your World Crumbles. Amen? Amen!