Vol. 33, No. 10 October, 2009
“AND LO, THOU ART UNTO THEM AS A VERY LOVELY SONG.”
By Dr. George Mills
The 33rd Chapter of Ezekiel is a very interesting chapter in a very intriguing Book. Just a brief outline of the Book;
1. Ch. 1-24, Prophecies before the Babylonian captivity.
2. Ch. 25-32 Prophecies against the surrounding nations.
3. Ch. 33-39, Prophecies of the restoration.
4. Ch 40-48 Prophecies of the new Temple.
This Chapter, dated about 587 B.C. or, some 2500 years ago, could be given today’s date because it describes the condition of the human heart in every generation. The Prophet had been appointed to be a watchman unto the House of Israel, (v1-9). He takes his calling very seriously as did the great Prophets God sent to the people. We can read about the heart of Isaiah as he cries; “Here am I, send me.” (Isa 6:1-11). We have read about the tears of the weeping Prophet Jeremiah, (Jer. 9:1). Habakkuk states, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower..” Hab 2:1). The Prophet’s concern was the backslidden condition of the people, and the invading armies set on destroying the nation. Let me share with you three simple points from this text.
1. The condition of the land.
2. The concern of the Prophet
3. The certainty of judgment.
1. THE CONDITION OF THE LAND.
FIRST, let’s see some good things…
A. The people attended Worship Services. “And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people.” (v31) Just like every Sunday across this land, people flock to churches to listen to a message.
B. They expressed love for the things of God and His people. “For with their mouth they show much love.”(v31) Today, many people will openly and readily express their love. They say, “Oh how I love my Pastor. His speech is eloquent; he has such a way with words. like a very lovely song.”
C. They enjoyed spiritual things. “And thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument, for they hear thy words.” (v32) Today, many people will attend Revival meetings, and various services because a favorite speaker is in town, they will listen to the
Music and Message, and speak about the eloquence of the preacher, his wisdom and the way he paints word pictures, and the loveliness of the singer’s music.
D. The people were not charged with being forgetful. They did come to service, “As My people.” (8:1, 14:1, 20:1).
“Yes, we adore our preacher, “He is unto us as a very lovely song.”
2. THE CONCERN OF THE PROPHET.
A. Their enthusiasm was very shallow. “But their heart goeth after covetousness.” (v31). “They hear thy words but they do them not.” (v32).
They liked what they heard, but as soon as the service ended, everything is back to normal. Oh, maybe some went forward in an invitation and rededicated themselves to the Lord, “But their heart goeth after covetousness”
B. They talked bad against the Prophet when he was not near. They liked his messages “The children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses and speak to one another, everyone his brother saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the Word that cometh from the LORD. And they come unto thee as the people cometh, they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them.” (v30-31). Wherever two or more were gathered and talking, the conversation was against the Prophet. Things have not changed through the centuries. I once pastored in a small town. Most of the people in that town worked in the Mill there. They came to church on Sunday, but Monday through Friday the conversation through the Mill was what was wrong about the Church, the Preacher, and the Program. I am reminded of the Parable of the sower, “Behold, a sower went forth to sow. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.” (Mt 13:3-4) “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When anyone heareth the Word of the Kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which receiveth seed by the way side.” James cautioned us to “Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any man be a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” (Ja 1:22-24).
C. They talked against God.. They said that “God is not fair in His judgment.”
“Yet the children of thy people say, the way of the Lord is not equal. “When the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.” (v17-19). “What’s right about that? They say. That’s not fair!” The Prophet reminds the people, “God will judge every ONE after his ways. (v20). God knows what is fair and right and He will always do that which is right to each one according to his/her own ways and obedience.
In v24, they said “we have more of a right to the land than Abraham had. He was just one man, we are many.” The Lord reminds the people of their sins;
“Thus saith the Lord GOD, ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols and shed blood, and SHALL YE POSSESS THE LAND?” (v25).
Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile everyone his neighbor’s wife, AND SHALL YE POSSESS THE LAND?” (v26).
God simply asks, “Do you honestly think that you can commit this kind of sin, that this is your lifestyle, and you still claim right to the land?” NO! Let’s note the sins listed.
(a) “Ye eat with the blood” The meat was strangled. The blood was still in the animal. This was a violation of The Law. Daniel refused to eat the King’s meat (Da 1:8) because the animal was strangled.
(b) “Ye worship idols.” When they left the services of the Lord, they returned to their idols.
(c) “Ye work abomination.” That which is loathsome, disgusting, detesting to God. This includes all that which God had said, “Thou shalt Not.” In our text in v26, this speaks about sexual sins.
When the nation turned to idolatry, which is sin, which always turns to lust, and the end of this is death. Sexual sins have destroyed many societies before and are destroying our own homeland.
(d) “Ye defile everyone his neighbor’s wife.” This is the sin of adultery. God gave warnings that this is not to be tolerated in the land, Adultery destroys the home. The home is basic to the survival of any society. As the home goes, so goes the nation.
God said that when the land is destroyed by their captors, those that find shelter in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field shall be devoured by beasts, and they that are in the forts and caves shall die of the pestilence. (27-29).
(d) Covetousness. “Thou shalt not covet.” Paul said that “Covetousness is idolatry” (Col 3:5)
The nation in Ezekiel’s day had not only broken God’s Law, they trampled on it, and yes, defied God. Man cannot violate the Law of God and get by.
“Oh Yes, we adore our preacher; He is unto us as a very lovely song.”
3. THE CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT.
“With their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after covetousness.” The MOUTH and the HEART are not in agreement.
May I say that I am more than grateful for each one who says that he/she is a Christian, and goes about life, living out what they profess to be. God bless you! Keep on keeping on!
Dear Pastor, Keep preaching the Bible, (KJB). No doubt, to many you will be as “a very lovely song.” Nothing more. But some will be genuine.
Dear Teacher, keep teaching the Bible, (KJB). No doubt, to many you will be “as a lovely song” Nothing more. But you will reach some.
Dear Sweet Mother. Keep on teaching the children the Bible stories about David, and Daniel, and Samson, and Gideon, and Samuel. Teach them to pray and to trust God and His Word. I know, to many, you will look so nice. What you do is appealing, but that’s not for us. No doubt, to many you will be “as a lovely song.”
Teen agers and young adults. Live for Jesus. Take your Bible (KJB) to school, or to work. Let everyone know that your Faith and Trust is in the Christ of your bible. No doubt that to many of your fellow students you will be “as a very lovely song.” You look good, but that’s not for me.” But you will win some!
Judgment day is ahead. When? We do not know, but it is coming.
“And when this cometh to pass, (lo it will come) then shall they know that a Prophet has been among them.” (v 33).
When judgment comes they will know that they have not listened to a Hireling Singer of Songs, but to a Prophet of God.
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian. The world was no friend to the nation in Ezekiel’s day, the same is true today! The world and all of it’s attractions, influences, music, bibles, seeks our admiration. Make sure that the Cross stands between.
THINK ABOUT IT. When the HEART and MOUTH are not together. The hands and feet have no idea as to what to do. This is why so many stumble!
FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills
HE CARES FOR YOU
Some of the saddest words in the Bible are found in Psalm 142:4, “No man cared for my soul.” This Scripture came alive to me one day as I read the local newspaper. A man was found dead, all alone, in a filthy, skid row hotel. He was known to drink and probably died drunk. He had no family, never been married and his Mother and Dad, five sisters, and one brother had died years before. But the thing that caught my eye was the name Mills, that happens to be my husband’s name. I read the article to my husband and he immediately knew who this person was. This person was an uncle that had left home many years ago as a young man and never returned. He left Mama, Dad, sisters, and brother and chose a life of sin and died alone without family or friends. My husband never met him but was told of his uncle Tommy and his way of life. It was a sad story to hear of his addiction to alcohol and the lonely path it had led him down. He had left his family many years ago and never returned. He was a lonely man with no one to care for him. He was found dead at the end of that path that Satan had taken him down. I kept thinking, if only we had known him. We could have loved him and could have told him that Jesus loved him. We could have cleaned him up and bandaged his wounds and just let him know that we cared for him, and we cared for his soul. But it was too late. We never met him and all I could think of was “No man cared for my soul.” That Scripture came alive in my heart that day. I would like to say to you the very words I would have said to uncle Tommy. “God cares for your soul. He gave His Son to suffer and die for your sin. That’s how much He cares for you. Jesus died to pay for your sin. Why don’t you accept His love and ask Him to come into your heart and save your soul this very day. He cares for you. He cares for your soul.”
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Ro. 5:8)
“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the lord shall be saved.”
HE CARED FOR ME
By Pastor George Mills
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He
careth for you.” (1Pet 5:7).
When lost in my sin, and there was no friend
And no one to hear my plea,
On Christ I did call,
Now He is my all,
Thank God that He cared for me.
When life is so drear, and no friend is near,
For refuge, to Him I flee,
Christ is ever so near,
And ready to hear,
Thank God that He cared for me.
With promises true, each day they are new,
No matter what men may say,
His Word stands the test,
Above all the rest,
Thank God that He cares day by day.
I’ll trust Him in life, in trial and strife,
His great guiding hand I will see,
Then I’ll say on that shore,
When all trials are o’er,
Thank God that He cared for me.
“The Words of the Lord are Pure Words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth PURIFIED seven times. Thou shalt keep them O LORD; thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Ps 12:6-7.
More and more Publishers, preachers, teachers, etc refuse to believe that we have the Perfect Word of God. The Bible (KJB) is the Perfect Word of God. They keep trying to find it! They keep trying to correct it.. Have you ever seen such confusion over the issue of the Bible? There seems to be no end to the “versions” that are coming to the market place every day.
I saw just last week that the N.I.V. is being “up-dated” I believe for, the third time. It will be available in 2011. People somehow have the idea that these ‘versions’ are simply up-dated ‘versions’ of the King James Bible. THIS IS NOT TRUE!. Our King James Bible came from the RECEIVED TEXT passed on through the centuries, and on to us. This Text has been through the FIRES and PRESERVED.
Every other ‘version’ comes from two manuscripts, (a) SINAITICUS, and (b) VATACANUS. Both of these were born in Alexandria, Egypt, altered by men like Origen, and Eusabeus, in the third century. The early Church refused these manuscripts and they slowly passed off the scene. Constantine Von Tischendorf discovered two of said manuscripts; SINAITICUS in 1844, and VATICANUS in 1849..
Two Anglican Textual critics; WESCOTT and HORT, (according to their own writings their salvation is doubtful) anyway they wrote a New Greek text from these two manuscripts in 1881. From this new text,
known as the CRITICAL TEXT, beginning in 1889 with the E.R.V. this flood of new ‘bibles’ began. One defender of the CRITICAL TEXT sent me a booklet. “No major doctrine has been perverted in this century.” he said. This is NOT TRUE.
EVERY MAJOR DOCTRINE has, in some way been weakened with each new ‘version.’ I believe that when the Antichrist comes on the scene, he will have to have a “bible.” Believe me; he has his choice waiting for him. As I say wherever I go, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR BIBLE!
(KJB) that is!
“BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US”
Please allow me to share with you some of the Ministry of the WILDERNESS. We need the prayers of God’s people everywhere.
WILDERNESS Monthly Publication. This issue is Vol. 33, No. 10. That means this Publication is now over 33 years young. This Publication has been mailed across the nation to homes, schools, Churches, etc, and before the internet, as I remember, 33 foreign lands. God has blessed and sustained through the years. We have never had any kind of financial backing, only the generosity of a local Church and many friends out there. I have enjoyed planning, research, studying and everything that goes into getting this out monthly. It is never easy but it is a joy to share some things with folks out there. This Publication has a “ripple” effect. It is used in various ways by others. This is always an encouragement to us.. BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US.
WILDERNESS Gospel Tracts. I began writing my own Gospel Tracts back in 1966. I have never kept up with the number Of Tracts we have sent out. We have never charged anything for our Tracts, or for anything we try to do through this Ministry.
Our Tracts are sent to various places as folks request them. At This time I keep only about a dozen in print. It is always a joy for us to receive one of our Tracts with the back page filled in indicating that this one had received Christ.
WILDERNESS Broadcast Ministry. The Church In The Wildwood Broadcast began in 1966. This has not been continuous. This has been mostly Missionary radio. By way of the Internet we began posting our broadcast on our web site. It amazes me that wherever there is a computer available, anywhere in the world, people out there can hear this broadcast.
WILDERNESS Internet Ministry. The Wilderness Monthly Publication has been posted on our web-site for several years. If you visit our web-page, and go to “PUBLICATION ARCHIVES” you will find, I believe, five years of messages on various subjects. www.thewilderness.org.
As I checked our webalizer statistics page this morning, September 18, our site indicates that 6,174 have visited so far this month. That is an average of 356 per day. These are not large numbers to report by any means, but Praise be to God for each one. This also includes 33 countries of the world this month. A’int God Good!.
WILDERNESS Prison Ministry. Our Publication is sent, in bulk, to as many prisons as requested. We do what we can to help inmates who have come to know Christ. We cannot do much, but we are happy to do what we can. We have WILDERNESS Booklets that some seem to be helped by.
WILDERNESS Bibles for Africa. A couple of years ago, I received a request from Western Africa for some Bibles, magazines, literature, note paper, and anything we could send to help workers in villages. These folks have never asked for any kind of assistance other than Bibles. This is a Work of Faith, and Labor of Love. Every week we send at least two small packages to Africa. Daily I receive requests. I am always at least 6 months behind in this effort. Thank God for those who give to this ministry.
It is a real joy to be able to share these things with as many as we can. I am amazed at what God has done. I well remember back almost 50 years ago when I got saved. I was a tall, bashful young man who was always ready to say, “I CAN’T.” But I found that GOD CAN!
God bless you! Wherever you are, BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US. Thanks for every prayer, every word of encouragement, and of course, we could do nothing with the Gifts of God’s people. Thanks, and God Bless!
The next time you feel like God can’t use you just remember…
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a day dreamer Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Peter denied Christ
The disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha was worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced
At least 5 times
Zachaeus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer
Lazarus was dead!
Now, no more excuses. God can use you to your full potential. Besides, you aren’t the Message.
(Submitted by an inmate in Florida State Prison, Raiford Fla.)
ARE YOU SAVED? ARE YOU SAVED FROM THE PENALTY AND POWER OF SIN? IF NOT, WHY NOT?
If you are not saved, it is not because there is not a need for you to be saved:
“For ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” (R0 3:23)
“As it is written there is NONE righteous, no NOT ONE.” (Ro 3:10)
You NEED to be saved.
If you are not saved it is not because there is no way for you to be saved.
Jesus said, “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.” (Jn 6:37)
He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh unto the father but by me.” (Jn 14:6)
If you are not saved it is not because there is a better time for you to get saved.
“TODAY if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart.” (Heb 3:15).
If you are not saved, the NEED is right, the PLACE is right, the TIME is right. Today, now, wherever you are, Christ is there in the Person of the Holy Spirit. He will come into your life at your invitation and make life worth living. Trust Him today while you have TODAY. He will hear the cry of the repentant heart. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” Tell Him, in your own words that you BELIEVE, that you RECEIVE Him.
Begin TODAY, to live FOREVER!
If you have made that decision to receive Christ, let me know. I will be happy to send you a small booklet; GOD’S GREAT PLAN FOR YOU” I believe this will help you get started right on the road to FOREVER!