Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Bible Lesson: Parables Of The Old Testament: The Boiling Pot.
Bible Lesson: Parables Of The Old Testament: The Boiling Pot.
Spoken By: Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 24:1-5 NLT
1 On January 15, during the ninth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from The Lord:
2 “Son of man, write down today’s date, because on this very day the king of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar) is beginning his attack against Jerusalem.
3 Then give these rebels (The rebellious house – KJV) an illustration with this message from
The Sovereign Lord:
“Put a pot on the fire, and pour in some water.
4 Fill it with choice pieces of meat— the rump and the shoulder and all the most tender cuts.
5 Use only the best sheep from the flock, and heap fuel on the fire beneath the pot.
Bring the pot to a boil, and cook the bones along with the meat.
The (married) Prophet of The Lord.
The King of Babylon:
The Coals: Chaldean Persecution And Death:
Vs 9 The fuel beneath her.
Vs 10 heap on the wood! Let the fire roar
Vs 11 the coals. Heat it red hot!
Vs 12 the fire.
Vs. 3 The rebellious house
Vs. 6 The bloody city; city of murderers; unclean cooking pot
Vs 9 City of murderers
Vs 12 The city of lies
Vs 13 The city of impurity, lewdness, corruption, and idolatry
(KJV & NLT)
Ezekiel 24:6-27 NLT
6 “Now this is what The Sovereign Lord says: What sorrow awaits Jerusalem, the city of murderers!She is a cooking pot whose corruption can’t be cleaned out. Take the meat out in random order, for no piece is better than another.
7 For the blood of her murders is splashed on the rocks. It isn’t even spilled on the ground, where the dust could cover it!
8 So I will splash her blood on a rock for all to see, an expression of My anger and vengeance against her.
9 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: What sorrow awaits Jerusalem, the city of murderers! I Myself will pile up the fuel beneath her.
10 Yes, heap on the wood! Let the fire roar to make the pot boil. Cook the meat with many spices,
and afterward burn the bones.
11 Now set the empty pot on the coals. Heat it red hot! Burn away the filth and corruption (froth, scum).
12 But it’s hopeless; the corruption can’t be cleaned out. So throw it into the fire.
13 Your impurity is your lewdness and the corruption of your idolatry. I tried to cleanse you, but you refused. So now you will remain in your filth until my fury against you has been satisfied.
14 “I, the Lord, have spoken! The time has come, and I won’t hold back. I will not change my mind, and I will have no pity on you. You will be judged on the basis of all your wicked actions, says the Sovereign Lord.”
(The Death of Ezekiel’s Wife)
15 Then this message came to me from The Lord:
16 “Son of man, with one blow I will take away your dearest treasure. Yet you must not show any sorrow at her death. Do not weep; let there be no tears.
17 Groan silently, but let there be no wailing at her grave. Do not uncover your head or take off your sandals. Do not perform the usual rituals of mourning or accept any food brought to you by consoling friends.”
18 So I proclaimed this to the people the next morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did everything I had been told to do.
19 Then the people asked, “What does all this mean? What are you trying to tell us?”
20 So I said to them, “A message came to me from The Lord,
21 and I was told to give this message to the people of Israel. This is what The Sovereign Lord says:
I will defile My Temple, the source of your security and pride, the place your heart delights in.
Your sons and daughters whom you left behind in Judah will be slaughtered by the sword.
22 Then you will do as Ezekiel has done. You will not mourn in public or console yourselves by eating the food brought by friends.
23 Your heads will remain covered, and your sandals will not be taken off. You will not mourn or weep, but you will waste away because of your sins. You will groan among yourselves for all the evil you have done.
24 Ezekiel is an example for you; you will do just as he has done. And when that time comes, you will know that I am The Sovereign Lord.”
25 Then The Lord said to me, “Son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold—their joy and glory, their heart’s desire, their dearest treasure—I will also take away their sons and daughters.
26 And on that day a survivor from Jerusalem will come to you in Babylon and tell you what has happened.
27 And when he arrives, your voice will suddenly return so you can talk to him, and you will be a symbol for these people. Then they will know that I am The Lord.”
The ancients had a saying "The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine,"
and how true it is.
Galatians 6:7 KJV
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Hebrews 10:30 KJV
For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith The Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people.
God's people, were unfaithful to the one who had lead them out of 400 years of slavery to freedom.
Judges 2:13,14 KJV
13 And they forsook The Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
14 And the anger of The Lord was hot against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.
From the very beginning God's people, were a rebellious lot.
Ezekiel warned, this time there would be no deliverance.
Babylon's king would kill and carry away into captivity, Jerusalem's people.
So many, even in our day, think that God does not see or know what they do, but of course they are dead wrong!
Psalm 11:4,5 NLT
4 But The Lord is in His holy Temple; The Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.
5 The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked..."
Proverbs 5:21 KJV
For the ways of man are before the eyes of The Lord, and He pondereth all his goings.
Proverbs 15:3 KJV
The eyes of The Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Proverbs 16:2 NLT
People may be pure in their own eyes, but The Lord examines their motives.
Jeremiah 17:10 KJV
I The Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Jeremiah 23:24 KJV
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith The Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith The Lord.
Jeremiah 32:18,19 KJV
18 Thou shewest loving kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great,The Mighty God, The Lord Of Hosts, is His name,
19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
Israel had great pride in the temple at Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 24:21 NLT
This is what The Sovereign Lord says: I will defile My Temple, the source of your security and pride,
The Chaldeans would destroy the temple.
The Jews, had great pride in their temple at Jerusalem, and yet they did not live in faithfulness to the God of the temple!
Doesn't this sound familiar, and it is the same in all generations.
Matthew 7:21-23 KJV Jesus Christ
21 Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.
Faithful temple workers, prophesying, performing exorcisms, and wonderful religious works, called by Jesus Christ “workers of iniquity?” Yes!
Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
The Gift Of God (Jesus Christ):
9 Not of works (secular or religious), lest any man should boast.
So why, oh why were they called “workers of iniquity?”
They were called so because of their pious airs, were leading countless people into lost eternity.
Why were they lost, they were lost because though they were steeped in religiosity, they refused any obedient personal relationship with the God of the temple!
II Timothy 3:1-5 KJV
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Our Living God, Admonishes Us Today:
I Chronicles 28:9 KJV
"...know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off for ever.
Hebrews 12:1,2 KJV
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus The Author And Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of The Throne Of God.
Jeremiah 29:13,14 KJV
13 And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith The Lord..."