Judgment calls…the unborn cry…blood is shed…

Ezekiel 32: 28-32

Yes, you shall be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised,

​​And lie with those slain by the sword.

29 ​​“There is Edom,

​​Her kings and all her princes,

​​Who despite their might

​​Are laid beside those slain by the sword;

​​They shall lie with the uncircumcised,

​​And with those who go down to the Pit.

30 ​​There are the princes of the north,

​​All of them, and all the Sidonians,

​​Who have gone down with the slain

​​In shame at the terror which they caused by their might;

​​They lie uncircumcised with those slain by the sword,

​​And bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.

31 ​​“Pharaoh will see them

​​And be comforted over all his multitude,

​​Pharaoh and all his army,

​​Slain by the sword,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.

32 ​​“For I have caused My terror in the land of the living;

​​And he shall be placed in the midst of the uncircumcised

​​With those slain by the sword,

​​Pharaoh and all his multitude,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.

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The past three days of reading from chapter 32 in Ezekiel are driving home the impression that there’s a lot of company in the place of judgment.  The reference to those who lie with the uncircumcised is seen as a reference to all who maintain their position outside the company of believers.

“…They shall lie with the uncircumcised,

​​And with those who go down to the Pit….”

Circumcision was a sign given to confirm the contract, or covenant, between God and humanity.  A contract that said God would provide, protect and perpetuate his people in return for their allegiance.

“…Genesis 17:7-10  “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.  And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This [is] My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised;…”

When they turn away from God it is seen as breaking the covenant and God continues to offer the privilege of a relationship with him but the second party has chosen to reject it.  At that point they face judgment.  They are no longer privileged to receive redemption from the consequences of sin.  Uncircumcised is used in the new testament to identify those who reject Christ, they are outside the circle of believers, it is the circumcision of the heart that identifies us as heirs with Christ of God’s redemption and relationship.

“…Romans 2:29 but [he is] a Jew who [is one] inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise [is] not from men but from God….”

There is no hope for the uncircumcised of the heart.  There is no hope for those who refuse the existence and provision of their Creator.

On another note, a sword is a type of knife and it is used here to kill and destroy.  Each nation fell in layers of time one upon the other as they refused to honor the God who created them.

“… ​​“There is Edom…​​There are the princes of the north,  ​​All of them, and all the Sidonians,…There [is] Elam and all her multitude,…There [is] Elam and all her multitude,…Assyria [is] there, and all her company,…Pharaoh and all his multitude,”…”

Today the knife is used to kill and maim the innocent; we are fast approaching the point where more are killed through abortion than the number of those who fall and have fallen by war.

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/17/12 6:44 PM:  the Roe v. Wade decision that has resulted in more than 55 million abortions.  According to Guttmacher Institute: From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions occurred.  (Note the statistics stop at 2008) http://www.lifenews.com/2012/04/17/mitt-romney-repeats-call-for-overturning-roe-v-wade/

Military deaths: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war Less than 55 million.

Will our nation escape the judgment these nations suffered?  It is hard to look at the numbers of innocent babies, the amount of innocent blood that is shed daily in our land.  We have the options and tools of prayer, voice and for a time, government to change that.  Will we commit to action or find ourselves caught up in the coming judgment of a God who says “Enough!”?  We have a personal promise of redemption but we live among the dead walking.  Let us join others in prayer for our nation’s sin.  If my people…

“…2Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land….” 

Are we called by his name?  Will we humble ourselves and pray?  Will we seek His face?  Will we turn from our wicked ways?  Then He will hear and will forgive and will heal.  We are in the 40 days to the election, we are in 40 years of killing the unborn child; 55 million + abortions.  Can we spend 40 days “in our wilderness” fasting, praying, whatever the Lord leads us to do?  Can we corporately band together in unity to seek the face of God for healing in our land?

Foolishness to an unbelieving world…

Acts 25:13-22

And after some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet Festus. When they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying: “There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix, about whom the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, when I was in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him. To them I answered, ‘It is not the custom of the Romans to deliver any man to destruction before the accused meets the accusers face to face, and has opportunity to answer for himself concerning the charge against him.’  Therefore when they had come together, without any delay, the next day I sat on the judgment seat and commanded the man to be brought in. When the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation against him of such things as I supposed, but had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. And because I was uncertain of such questions, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning these matters. But when Paul appealed to be reserved for the decision of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I could send him to Caesar.”

Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.”

“Tomorrow,” he said, “you shall hear him.”

 “…a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive…”  a different translation puts it more bluntly: “…about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive…”.  Festus’ view of the conflict between Paul and the Jews who accused him of wrong may be consistent with a general world-view held by unbelievers.  If so, we can see how ludicrous the gospel might seem to an unbeliever.  This also highlights Paul’s faithfulness in proclaiming Jesus, alive, to any who would listen without regard to how they might view it.  What makes this proclamation more intriguing is that Paul never knew Jesus personally during the time Jesus walked on earth and taught here.  Paul met Jesus through a vision…mystical stuff.  Yet it is very real as any believer can attest to in their own relationship with the Lord.  The knowledge and reality of Jesus is in the relationship with Him, a relationship that restores God’s creation to the relationship he intended at creation as put forth in Genesis.  And so we see the truth of the statements made in scripture that God uses the foolish to confound the wise.  Specifically the foolishness of the believing world in contrast to the ‘wisdom’ of the unbelieving world. 

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. – I Corinthians 1:21

Our take away is to just be faithful to spread the word of God, share what we receive with those who cross our paths and let the Lord sort them out.  There will be those who will view what we share as foolishness and there will be those God knows will also receive it and find salvation.  This is a good reminder that this is the Lord’s work not our own.

Two worlds…two views…hope or no hope?

John 20:11-18

But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

 Two very different worlds meet.  “Why are you crying?”…   One world looks at the missing body and finds cause to rejoice.  They have information and understanding the other does not.  Mary’s world grieves for it does not yet realize the implications of the missing body.  We gain knowledge and understanding from our exposure to the Word of God and our relationship with him which allows the Holy Spirit to bring remembrance and understanding to us.  It changes our view and we find ourselves rejoicing when others find cause to weep.  No hope gives cause to weep.  We have hope…