“Thou son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.”
Israel had strayed away from the teachings of Moses.
In this vision of Ezekiel God is telling Ezekiel to show the house to the house, or shew the people of Israel how they are supposed to be living.
Taking Our Relationship with God for Granted
One of the problems is that Israel boasted about their heritage, THEY were, the people of GOD. Pride hindered them many times in returning to the teachings of Moses.
We as the people of God today can be the same way. We think highly of our “Church” or even our heritage. You know, D.S. Warner is in our history. So?
In John 8. 33, 39, look at the Jews attitude to their heritage.
“They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?”
“They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.”
They told Jesus, “We be Abrahams seed”, and “Abraham is our father.”
As if God is actually impressed with US because our great, great-grandfather was a holy man of God.
We, as the people of God MUST remain humble before the Lords Presence all the time!
Micah 6.8 says, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Ez 43.11 says, “And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.”
and IF they be ashamed of all their iniquities! Are we ashamed of ourselves when we err or express some fault?
We speak harshly, or act impatiently or as Paul says, the sin that so easily beset us.
God is interested in seeing our reaction to our error. Do we just brush it off and say, oh well I am only human, we all make mistakes?
Or are we ashamed when we falter and ask the Lord to forgive us and help us?
I am not talking about allowing Satan to accuse us, rebuke the devil. These errors do not cut off our relationship with God, unless they are intentional. Read Numbers 15.
Is Perfection possible?
One thing I am so grateful to God for is Him showing me that he REQUIRES perfection! It is NOT an option like so many of us may act like.
Mt 5.48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Would Jesus tell us to do something that is impossible? No.
Would Jesus command us to do something, and then infer that it is optional? No again!
We MUST be striving for a perfect spirit at all times if we are going to make heaven.
I believe that.