Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Unjust Rulers

Eze 11:1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
Eze 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

The twenty five men were the city council, the princes; they made the official policies. Some say Jerusalem was divided into twenty four parishes, districts, or wards, and everyone had its own head, ruler, and governor; and that there was one who was the president over them all, like the mayor and aldermen of a city; they were up to no good, seekling and passing unjust laws. The gate was the place of judgment. Thinking of our own time now, if times get rough, and they soon will be more so. We need leaders who are born again Spirit filled leaders. More often the leaders are ungodly and corrupt, doing as the failed nations; as were these leaders in Jerusalem.

Eze 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

We do not think we are in danger, so let us build houses, perhaps mansions for ourselves. If the enemy comes we will be as flesh in a pot; or in joking slang, we will be dead meat.  I think of the frog in a pan of water that was heated. It never jumped out, but gradually boiled to death. Even now politicians spend money, build their houses as if there was no end coming. They were not accountable to people or to truth. They became their own authority, changing reality for their view of reality. The cauldron is on the fire.

2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The flesh in the pot were those dying of starvation and crime. The people of the city of Jerusalem would soon be meat to the invading armies.

Eze 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man. 
Eze 11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
Eze 11:6 Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.

They may hide from truth and God, but the LORD even knows what the authorities are thinking. 

Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Jesus was most angry with those who were given authority to preach the word of God, because they were corrupt.

Eze 11:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.

The dead are the flesh, the City as the caldron; they would be brought out of the city by the Chaldean invaders.

Eze 11:8 Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 11:9 And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.
Eze 11:10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Jer 42:16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

Jer 39:6 Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah.
Jer 39:7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon.

Eze 11:11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel:
Eze 11:12 And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

Lev 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
Lev 18:4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.
Lev 18:5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

They refused to obey the LORD and did that which they were told not to do. They brought judgment on their own heads and they would lose their land and their holy temple. If we are running from God, if we have lost that closeness to our Lord. Now is the time to repent and to remember His ways. Pray for our leaders that God would have mercy on our land. Those who have wanted God removed, if they will not repent, remove them and purify your people. We want to be your people LORD, holy and obedient.

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