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Ezekiel 13:13-16: Against the Prophets of Peace – Part IV

Friday, April 8, 2022

Many times, in our Noontime journey, we have reflected on the harshness of the words of Ezekiel’s Old Testament God and we have seen how Jesus fulfills the prophecy of doom. Rather than take advantage of those who suffer, Jesus walks among the sick and wounded to heal and cure. Jesus dines with sinners not to take advantage of good food and wine but to listen endlessly and to question wisely. Jesus takes on the sins of all to offer each of us the incomparable gift of sister and brotherhood. Finding us amid the rubble of our deconstructed walls that we worked so hard to whitewash and purify, Jesus takes us to himself. Jesus restores, rectifies, and reconstitutes. And then Jesus invites us to join him and to do the same.

 

“And that’s exactly what will happen. I, God, the Master, say so: ‘I’ll let the hurricane of my wrath loose, a torrent of my hailstone-anger. I’ll make that wall you’ve slapped with whitewash collapse. I’ll level it to the ground so that only the foundation stones will be left. And in the ruin you’ll all die. You’ll realize then that I am God. ‘I’ll dump my wrath on that wall, all of it, and on those who plastered it with whitewash. I will say to them, There is no wall, and those who did such a good job of whitewashing it wasted their time, those prophets of Israel who preached to Jerusalem and announced all their visions telling us things were just fine when they weren’t at all fine. Decree of God, the Master.’

And so, we ask . . .

Am I willing to take hold of the hand Jesus offers? Will I walk away from the wreckage of my walls? Will I join others with whom I had differences and perhaps swore to never enjoin? Do I give to Christ all that I have gathered? All I have stored up? All I have relied upon? Do I put away my fears and anger to place all my trust in God?

Tomorrow, rescue.


Image from: https://www.smartshelterfoundation.org/smart-shelter-techniques/21-improving-building-quality/

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