Once again Ezekiel is a living visual aide to the Exiled Jews in Iraq. The teachers of Jerusalem taught that the exiles were the cursed of God; that Jerusalem was the blessed; and that Ezekiel’s visions were false. It was like they said: It’s all religious claptrap! What was God saying?
“… For I have made you a sign for the house of Israel.”
As He did with Ezekiel, the Lord chooses for us to be signs to those around us. To a rebellious world, to a lost relative, to a wandering friend. Even sometimes to His own people, the church.
Peter writes of this, and the rest of what is in this passage, in 2 Peter 3.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
The Lord gives us opportunity to witness to our neighbour, our friend, our family member – to the world around us! To bring them back to repentance!
Peter carries on the logic, and looks at how this truth should affect us, “… What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness …”, and then further down, “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.”
These characteristics, these diligent pursuits – They are signs to the world! The fruits of God’s Spirit are so starkly different to the way the world works that we stand out! Light that banishes darkness. Sight that opens the blind eye.
Praise God for His work in us!
* Father God,
Thank You for saving us into Your kingdom, into an eternal inheritance.
Thank You that in patience and mercy You allow us opportunity to witness, so that in the wonderful hope of Your word, the good news – Sinners can be saved.
Amen to this, amen!