Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yahweh, Day 221


Day 221

Yahweh

Face the south

The word of the Lord came to me: "Son of man, face the south and preach against it. Prophesy against the forest land in the Negev, and say to the forest there: Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says: I am about to ignite a fire in you, and it will devour every green tree and every dry tree in you. The blazing flame will not be extinguished, and every face from the south to the north will be scorched by it. Then all people will see that I, Yahweh, have kindled it. It will not be extinguished." Then I said, "Ah, Lord God , they are saying of me: Isn't he [just] posing riddles?"
Ezekiel 20:45-49 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Facing the South here is a reference to the Southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin, or at Ezekiel's time of Israel's history, the Southern alliance of these two tribes simply called, Judah.

Facing "Judah" Ezekiel is giving this message: even though you have within you the city of Jerusalem, in which you place so much confident self-righteousness, know that Yahweh is preparing to move in judgment against you, directly. Know that with all the privileges of God comes ... all the responsibilities of those privileges. To abuse the privilege of God is to defame His Name ... and Yahweh will not leave that unanswered.

This is in The Name.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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