Year 3 Day 87
Read - Ezekiel 8:18
Message - Alan Burke
Do you remember the Disney film The Jungle Book from 1967. For many of us it captivated our imaginations and there is a song that goes;
Oh, oobee doo
I wanna be like you
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you, too
You'll see it's true
An ape like me
Can learn to be humen too
If you find yourself sitting humming that for the rest of the day it’s your own fault! The reason why I mention it is because it is what came to mind when I started this devotion or rather the words, “I wanna be like you”. Well God’s people wanted to be like everyone else. Think how they had desired to be like the nations around them in Samuel’s day, when they desired a king (1 Sam 8:5). Years had since past, they wanted to be like the nations in having a king, but it ended up they were like the nations in how they did not worship the living God, actually they were worse. They had degenerated in every way, the verdict was in, God would make His glory known among them, they will receive what they deserve as the Lord would deal with them in His wrath, He would not have pity, He will not spare them, they will cry aloud for help but He would not listen (v18), this is a frightful judgment but it comes because of their wanton rebellion against the Lord.
The Lord was going to make His glory know, they had rebelled, they had turned from the Lord their God, they had broken His covenant, they had shown a total disregard for His glory and His truth but the Lord wasn’t going to let them off with it. We like to think of God as “the LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin” (Ex. 34:6–7). Yet God has also promised that He “does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” For many people today this is horrible, unpalatable but the New Testament speaks just as clearly about the wrath of God that comes on unrepentant sinners, they are storing up wrath for the day when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed. (Rom. 2:5)
Here God’s people were doing much that was an abomination to Him, instead of giving Him the glory they were worshiping false gods. There are some today who think that all religions are valid, it’s a nonsense, there are some who think that it doesn’t matter how we worship, it’s also a nonsense. There is only one way and it is God’s way, salvation only comes through the son Jesus Christ. He the way the truth and the life, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12), and how we worship should be in accordance with His word for it is our rule and guide, it teaches what we are to believe of Him and what duty He requires of us.
As we close I want to leave you with another song, not the “I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” it goes like this;
I want to walk with Jesus Christ
All the days I live of this life on earth
To give to Him complete control
Of body and of soul
Follow Him, follow Him, yield your life to Him
He has conquered death, He is King of kings
Accept the joy which He gives to those
Who yield their lives to Him
Let us walk with Jesus Christ, yielding our lives to him!
Q83 Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others. (Ezek. 8:6,13,15, 1 John 5:16, Ps. 78:17,32,56)