Ezekiel 13 Commentary
Yes, we have heard this one before. It’s from Jeremiah Chapter 29. The message is the same because the culprits are the same. Probably what we haven’t experienced before is the shame of being one of the ‘foolish prophets’.
The temptation to quickly dismiss this chapter and fall back into the comfort zone of self-righteousness is quite high. I’m not even a preacher of the word, after all.
The word false prophet isn’t great but what do we think of ourselves when we sink into an easy life when the house is on fire? The LORD commanded us to be on the lookout for His coming. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” warned the LORD Jesus Christ.
The false prophets of Ezekiel’s time claimed to have received God’s word but it was all lies. Won’t today’s preachers be even more careful when they make such claims?
Know your status. How have you reacted when a flimsy wall is built? Is it life as usual – justifying every sinful act with easy thoughts? Are you distressed and troubled by the sinfulness of the world – when the name of the LORD is profaned? Whitewashing a flimsy wall, being at easy wickedness, or probably aiding it; the LORD promises to deal heavily with such.
Real prophecy is this, verse 22: encourage the wicked to turn away from their evil ways. Then you know you have communicated the heart of the LORD.
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