July 5

Ezekiel 1-4, Psalm 31

A quote used by many Christians, including Jim Elliot is, "If God were small enough to be understood, He wouldn't be big enough to be God".  Others conclude this quote with, "He would not be big enough to be worshipped."  We live in a world full of ignorant people who deem themselves wise.  Lowering God to our level, these people like to state what they would say to God if they were face to face with Him.  The questions they would ask Him, or question His fairness on certain issues.

The book of Ezekiel opens with a vision given to Ezekiel of the heavenlies.  He puts together his words explaining this vision some parts probably actual other parts conceptual.  It must  be difficult to explain visions which have no correlation to earth.  Colors that do not exist here, angelic beings that we have no frame of reference to.  But as to Ezekiel's response, we read in Ez. 1:28, "...This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.  So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking."  This is the same response of everyone who comes before Him.  In the case of Saul (Paul) he fell to the ground before the risen Christ (Acts 9:4).  John did the same thing in Rev.1:17.  Others like Job, in Job 42:6,  saw just how puny and dirty he was before God, in  this verse, we read "Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes".  Isaiah in Is. 6:5, when in His presence says, "Woe is me, for I am undone!  Because I am a man of unclean lips,.."

The truth is 100% of humanity will one day kneel before Jesus.  Either at the Beema seat of Christ for those who are part of the Bride of Christ where we will get to live with Him forever (2 Corinthians 5).  Or at the Great White Throne Judgment for those whose names are not written in the Book of Life, where they will be punished in the lake of fire forever.  We serve a Great and Awesome God.  It is a dangerous thing to bring Him down to our level and consider Him as common.  When we read about visions of heaven, we must realize that what God promises us there is so much better and so much more beautiful than anything we have here on earth.  For those of us whose names are written in the Book of Life we have nothing to fear in death.  Paul says, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21).  We will see throughout this book that like Ezekiel we are called to be like  watchmen to warn everyone and anyone to come to God before it's too late (Ez. 3:16-21)

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster