August 10

August 10

Ezekiel — Being a faithful watchman for God & being innocent of people’s blood.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: Ezekiel 3:16-27

Reading 2: Ezekiel 33:1-20

Reading 3: Acts 20:25-27

Once again we are reminded that Ezekiel’s calling was no easy task! He is called to preach to a rebellious and hard-hearted Israel, and God tells him they will not listen!

He is tied up in his house with his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth, until God gives him something to say, and then he can speak!

The symbolism behind this is that Ezekiel is a demonstration of the quandary Israel has placed themselves in: They do not want to hear from God, but the only answer to their problems is to hear from God! So God tells Ezekiel to simply be faithful to speak what he hears, and then the consequences will be determined by the choices of his hearers.

We have the same challenge today: to faithfully share God’s love, and to leave the response in the hands of those who hear us.

And let’s be good listeners ourselves!

Have a great day!

Mark.