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Monday, October 26 2015
Ezekiel 3: The Greatest Danger To A Prophet
"When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way ... his blood will I require at thine hand"
The prophets (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Prophets) were given the responsibility to deliver the LORD's warning. If the prophet failed to fulfill his purpose, he was held responsible for their destruction. Notice the warning to Ezekiel, if he failed to do his job: "The same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand."
"3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand." (Ezekiel 3:17-18 KJV)
Notice also that when the prophet did his job, only then was he out of danger.
"3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:19 KJV)
Ezekiel was a prophet among the exiles of Judah in Babylon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah). His immediate task was to warn those people to maintain their worthiness as the ancestors of those who would return severty years later. They were to raise their children well in the Way of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
Along with the LORD's warning to the people through His prophet, was a warning to the prophet himself. If he failed to deliver the warning, he would himself to subject to the wrath that he was sent to warn others to avoid.
"3:16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Fact Finder: What is iniquity? How and why does it seem so right to those who are infected by it?
This Day In History, October 26
901: King Alfred (known as "Alfred the Great"), Saxon king of Wessex, died. An actual battlefield king, and scholar, Alfred fought the invading Danes and formed England's first navy.
1440: Gilles de Rais, French marshall who fought for Joan of Arc, was hanged for Satanism and the murders of 140 children. His crimes inspired the tale of "Bluebeard."
1640: The Treaty of Ripon was signed. It restored peace between Charles I of England and Scotland.
1776: Benjamin Franklin traveled to France to request French support for his revolution. France hypocritically agreed to arm and supply the rebellion of the New England colonies, while at the very same time tolerating no independence for its own colonies in Louisiana and elsewhere through the continent of North America. France sought only to break the military ties between Britain and New England so that France could then easily invade and take them over for itself - a plan that wasn't carried out because of the wars started by Napoleon across Europe and into Russia that consumed the French army.
1863: The Red Cross was established in Geneva, Switzerland.
1905: Sweden and Norway signed a treaty of separation; Oscar II abdicated as king of Norway, and was replaced by Prince Charles of Denmark, who became King Haakon VII.
1918: Germany's supreme commander General Erich Ludendorff resigned in protest of the terms to which the German government agreed to for the First World War armistice. This set the stage for his later support for Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) who claimed that Germany did not lose the war on the battlefield, but rather was "stabbed in the back" by the politicians (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1942: U.S. and Japanese naval forces engaged in the Battle of Santa Cruz. The Japanese suffered a greater number of ships lost, but the U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet was sunk. Beginning with the attacks on Pearl Harbor, aircraft carriers were the means of the Pacific war - an era now gone. In any war between the major military powers in the Pacific today (i.e. the U.S., Russia, China), aircraft carriers, and their entire accompanying battle groups, would be instantly destroyed by nuclear missiles.
1978: Smallpox was declared eradicated in the world.
1984: Surgeons in California transplanted a baboon heart into a 10 day old baby girl, nicknamed "Baby Fae"; she died a few days later.
1995: Israeli Mossad agents assassinated Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki at his hotel in Malta.
1994: Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty aimed at ending 46 years of conflict. Much of the territory of the present-day Kingdom of Jordan was held by the Israelite tribes who were assigned lands east of the Jordan River (see Why East And West Manasseh?).
1997: Alan Goodman, 53, was released from an Israeli prison after serving 16 years of a life sentence for a 1982 shooting spree on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in which an Arab guard was killed and 8 Muslims were wounded. Upon his release, the U.S. born former Israeli soldier was deported to the U.S. (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
2001: The U.S. passed the "US Patriot Act" into law (the name is an acronym or Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001").