3dd2e-one2byear2bbibleTODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Ezekiel 1:1–3:15
Hebrews 3:1-19
Psalm 104:1-23
Proverbs 26:24-26

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Ezekiel 2:5 (ESV) “And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

When I was much younger (and much less spiritually mature), I used to read the Bible and look down on various groups of people.

I looked down on the Pharisees for their glaring legalism, critical spirit, and hypocrisy. Then, I matured a bit and realized that I was much more like them than I cared to admit.

I looked down the Sadducees because they didn’t believe in a resurrection of the dead. And then I matured a bit and realized that even though I believed that I was headed to Heaven when I died, I often lived as if this life is all there is.

I also looked down on the Israelites. They were so faithless, so forgetful of God’s blessings, and so stubborn in their refusal to repent. And then I matured a bit and realized that they pictured, all too often, the condition of my own heart.

So, when I read this morning’s Bible passages and came across our Verse for Today, I heard God refer to the Israelites as “a rebellious people.”

Yet, I heard Him speaking to me.

All too often, I know the Truth but I temporarily wander off of the path of righteousness, even if its simply a sinful attitude or motive. And, then, I may temporarily say “no” to the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) when He begins to do His convicting word, convincing me of my sin (John 16:8).

So, what is the answer? I desire to pursue holiness but my heart often loses the struggle and I fall into sin. What can be done?

Well, fortunately, our Verse for Today gives us one answer. While there are many mindsets and activities that God has given to us to battle sin, we are told in our Verse for Today that one answer is to expose ourselves regularly to faithful Bible teachers who will speak the Truth, even when it points out sin in our life.

But, we must insist on not being like the Israelites who were rebellious and refused to listen.

So, who do you listen to? Your pastor at church? That is good to hear. But, you also have access to incredible Bible teachers at your finger-tips each day of the week. Find one or two faithful Bible teachers on podcast, the internet, or the radio and listen to them regularly. But, make sure that they are so faithful to God’s Word that they do not shy away from calling out sin (my wife and I enjoy listening to Adrian Rogers’ “Love Worth Finding”). We need men and women like that!

Listen to those folks of who it could be said: “And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezekiel 2:5)