“Prophesy against the mountains of Israel!” … For whose ears anyway? (Isaiah 6)

Listening earThis morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage and then grinned… The passage? Ezekiel 6… Here’s what captured my attention…

“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face against the mountains of Israel; prophesy against them and say; ‘Oh mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places…” (From Ezekiel 6:1-3ff)

Have you ever observed someone making a comment, or saying something to one person, but they really we delivering a message to someone else? Maybe you’ve actually done it. The question that could be asked is, “For whose ears were their comments really intended anyway?”

In this passage it is clear that, although Ezekiel was to “set his face against the mountains of Israel and prophesy against them,” his message was really meant for the ears of rebellious, idolatrous, sinning Israel! In fact, in the rest of the chapter this comment is made four times regarding Israel when God acts to bring judgment on their sin… “And then they will know that I am the Lord.”

I guess the message is this… “When God speaks – when God acts – we should not shovel the message over our shoulders and dismiss it by saying, “Oh He’s talking to someone or about something else!” We should pause, reflect deeply, and ask ourselves, “What is the Sovereign Lord saying to me?

“He that hath an ear, let him hear!”

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