Read Ezekiel 45
Focus on verse 9
Back in the days when our boys were younger, we lived in a two-story house, and they all slept in bunk beds in the same room. They typically got along pretty well, in fact sometimes a little too well when it was time for them to be sleeping. Occasionally it would be well past bed time and I would still hear talking and laughing and even the occasional thumping of little feet on the floor indicating to me that sleep was not happening. At times such as this I would usually begin with a gentle warning reminding them to lie quietly and in their respective beds. When that was not successful, they would get a more stern warning with a promise that if I had to return to warn them again it would likely not be a happy thing. Most often that would be sufficient and sleep would follow shortly, but every now and then if they happened to be particularly energetic and still did not settle down, I would issue one more reminder, typically from the bottom of the stairs and in a voice loud enough for the neighbors to hear, I’d say “Boys! Enough already! Don’t make me come up there again!” which would typically end the party and sleep would keep ensue.
In today’s reading God issues a similar warning to the leaders of the nation of Israel:
Thus says the Lord God: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord God. (v. 9)
As I read this with our nation on its current path of abandoning all things moral and biblical, makes me think that our spiritual and civic leaders might be wise to take heed. Our has been on the brink of disaster for quite some time already, brought on not so much be the threat of invasion, as it is the threat of internal self-destruction. We are so far from God in the way our culture is behaving, that we no longer know right from wrong. Many among us are calling good evil and evil good. Those who are bold enough to speak the truth are openly are ridiculed into silence by the tolerance police. It is the way our spiritual enemy operates. He roams about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour, but when we look more closely at this verse in 1 Peter 5:8, we discover something interesting; A word study of the word “lion” that the apostle Peter uses in this word picture is that of an old toothless lion who catches his prey by causing it to freeze with fear when he roars. This describes quite accurately the tactics of Satan who’s power has been broken by Jesus, but you continues to try to intimidate us through deception and fear.
If there ever was a time in America where those who stand for truth and righteousness as it is defined in the scriptures need to gently yet firmly stand strong in the truth and proclaim it at every opportunity, that time is now. If we do not – no one else will do it for us, and the violence and oppression will continue to grow unabated.
It is possible that this will be the last warning we will get before God makes good on His word to come down there and straighten things out. When that happens – it will be too late…the time to change our hearts is now.