Friday, December 6, 2013
Today I read Ezekiel 11 where Ezekiel is shown a vision of the destruction of Israel and the gathering again in the latter days. What must it be like to be shown a vision of the future? I imagine it must be really weird to be honest. I mean to be living in the middle ages and be shown visions of cars and airplanes? That would be really mind blowing I think. But I will wager that the prophets of old when they were shown such visions were not so focused on our technology as they were what kind of people we are. And we know from Moroni's account that he was not impressed at all. Probably the other prophets were not either. We are not a people that puts God first in our lives, or even second, third, fourth or fifth. God is almost an afterthought to most people. And yet the very first commandment is no other gods before Him. We are not doing a good job of following that commandment. Now, I am not saying that other demands for our time are not as important as Heavenly Father, but what I am saying is that we allow other demands to become MORE important that God. This is not pleasing to Him at all. We all have some repenting to do. No time like the present! Until tomorrow.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Today I read Ezekiel 10 where Ezekiel has a vision that reminds me a lot of John the Beloved's vision as recorded in Revelations. John sees animals with four faces and four wings, much like the animals that John saw that the Lord later revealed to Joseph Smith were animals that were exalted for fulfilling the measure of their creation. It is interesting to me, because apparently other worlds have different animals than we do, which I think is really neat. I like our animals here, but it is kind of awesome to think that other worlds have other animals that seem really weird to us but then again, our animals would seem really strange to us if the inhabitants of the other worlds could see them. It does kind of make you wonder however why Heavenly Father shows His prophets these visions, it does not seem to have been terribly essential to Ezekiel's salvation that I can tell. Perhaps Heavenly Father just wanted to show Ezekiel something he would appreciate. Like an artist displaying his artwork. Until tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Today I read Ezekiel 9 where the righteous are marked and passed over when death comes. It honestly reminded me quite a bit of the 10th plague of Egypt where the Israelites painted their door frames in blood for the passover and the destroying angel did not slay their children. This type of chapter is a comfort to me, that I am known to my Heavenly Father and He knows of my desire to be righteous. I knew that He knows me by name already, but it's always nice to be reminded! Until tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Today I read Ezekiel 8 where the Ezekiel is shown in vision the wickedness of the people of Judah. It is interesting that Ezekiel would need to be shown. Surely like Mormon he recognized the people being wicked and sinning on his own? Perhaps this was just to help him learn even more conviction for the calling he had been given. I do not envy those prophets that lived during this time, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Lehi. Their lot was a tough one. But they played well their part! All I can hope to do is emulate them. Until tomorrow.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Today I read Ezekiel 7 where the Lord tells Ezekiel about the destruction of Jerusalem and its inhabitants. Part of the reason they were going to be destroyed is their fixation on idolatry. I can understand that putting other gods before God is easy to do, we do it all the time here in modern times too, but what always baffles me is making idols. Why would you care so much about worshiping a golden calf? Or any other statue? It sounds so lame and dumb to me personally. Maybe because I was reared in the church so I know better. Maybe it sounds really wonderful to other people, but I really can't imagine why. It sounds so foreign to me. Oh well, I don't have to worry about that in myself, I just have to make sure I am not putting other gods before Him. And that I am focused on what I should be doing! Until tomorrow.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Today I read Ezekiel 5 and 6 both about Israel being punished for their sins. I liked a phrase that the Lord used in chapter 6, "and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them." People sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that when the Lord has said something will happen, perhaps it won't. Now, I am not speaking of when the prophets say that we need to repent or this will happen. In those settings, if we repent we will absolutely avoid the calamity that the Lord caused to be prophesied. However, people sometimes mistake the goodness of God as a carte blanche to sin and avoid His warnings. Make no mistake about it, God does not want to punish us, anymore than we want to punish our children. But He is God, which means He has to keep His word, or the universe would cease to exist. So if we don't shape up when He gives us the opportunity to do so, then we will absolutely pay the price He warned us about. God's word cannot pass away, and unless He retracts His word, which I can only think of two times that He has done that, we had better believe that what He is warning us about is going to happen. Until tomorrow.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Today I read Ezekiel 4 where the Lord told Ezekiel to make a type and shadow of the siege of Jerusalem and how the Israelites would live when they are scattered. Parts of it are very interesting indeed. It is interesting that the Lord is instructing Ezekiel to do this, to give him first hand knowledge so that when he preaches to the people he will be convincing. At least I imagine that is the reason behind it. I cannot imagine it being for anything else really. It really does amaze me how the Lord will go to such great lengths to warn His people and try and help them repent and do what's right. He really does love us just like our earthly parents love us and want to help us. I imagine if we could feel even 10% of the love He has for us, we would be amazed at what we would find. Until tomorrow.