Monday, February 13, 2012

Forehead of Flint

Eze 3:4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
Eze 3:5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;

Eze 3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

That still holds true for today. The word of God is often more readily received in some distant land. Would they receive someone dressed like John the Baptist? Another thought, do they come to us because of Christ? or because we have wealth to share? Not everyone who responded to Jesus was interested in spiritual things, but that is true in much of the church today. Many seek things from God instead of a desire to be his disciples.

Eze 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Jesus came and was rejected too

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Mat 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
Mat 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Mat 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

Eze 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
Eze 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

An adamant, a sharp stone harder than flint have I made thy forehead:

Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Let's look back to the wilderness journey of Israel, where some of these words were used.

Deu 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

Jesus is the rock of flint and the serpents and scorpions in the spiritual rhelm are the rebellious people with the evil spirits sent by satan. We all have seen hard faces, for example Clint Eastwood in his movies. People often take on hard emotionless faces to intimidate or to say, do not mess with me. We see popular T- shirts with skulls and terrible demonic images with the implied message, you should fear me. The flint-like face of Ezekiel and our faces should show the presence of Jesus, a determined face willing to go into the enemies camp with a message of hope. 

Moses had a face when in the presence of God that the sinful people could not look upon. He had to wear a vail in their presence. vail; tsa`iyph, a wrapper, shawl, a veil.

Exo 34:33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
Exo 34:34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.
Exo 34:35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him (the LORD).

Isaiah was given a face like flint too

Isa 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

If the LORD sends you, then go in spite of the hard headed people, the stone faces of stubborness. Be determined to give the message of God. May our faces be the face of Jesus Christ.

1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  

Be faithful and determined to serve God as Ezekiel was called to be determined, by the power of God; the filling of the Holy Spirit. He is with you and all things are possible with God. There is no holding back.

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