We should take God’s expectations of following Him and evangelising seriously. In Ezekiel 4, we see that God uses Ezekiel to perform some “action sermons” where he is to act out various prophecies that will happen in the future. As we have looked at the series of Ezekiel so far, it’s revealed that God’s people, the Jewish Exiles, and the remainder in Jerusalem, are stubborn and ignorant to God’s messages that have gone out. Therefore, this enactment prophecy would have caught their attention.
Firstly, Ezekiel is to act out a siege of Jerusalem that will happen in the future. Then he is to cook various foods over cow manure, which will represent the scarcity of food and desperate measures people will take. Then in chapter 5, we see Ezekiel is to cut his hair with a sword, divide it up 3 ways. The hair represented the Jewish people. One section of the cut hair will be burned, to represent those in the siege will not survive. Then the second section is to be cut up, to represent some of the Jews will be massacred by armies. The last section will be thrown in the wind, which will be the scattered Jews living amongst the Gentiles. The wrath of God is happening because God’s people are not only rejecting God, but also rejecting the opportunity for others to hear about it. They were to be a light to other nations.
As we read about the wrath of God against humanity, we can think of God as a big bully. However, Jesus, the Son of God, who has the Authority of God Himself - when he goes to the cross, he takes on the wrath of His Heavenly Father. Jesus takes on the sins of humanity, so that we can be forgiven and have a restored relationship. But with this new identity, comes responsibility. As Glen had reminded us last week, if we don’t tell others about the Gospel, we’re condemning them. Though we are not perfect, we can live up to God’s expectations through Jesus. We can have new life, and hope beyond death. This is something worth evangelising about.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21