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Responsibility

As the people of Judah and Jerusalem passed through years of idolatry and faithlessness, they thought that because they were the children of God they would not face the judgment of God. This assumption was the reason for a message concerning responsibility through the prophet Ezekiel.
These people had "set up idols" in their hearts, put "stumbling blocks" before their face, and then went to prophets to hear good news. (Ezekiel 14:4) They ignored the commandments of God and He responded as He always has responded when faced with disobedience. He brought judgment on them.
As Abraham had discussed the salvation of Sodom and Gomorrah with God, if there be just ten righteous men in it, so here God states that even if "Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it [Judah and Jerusalem], they could save only themselves by their righteousness." (Ezekiel 14:14) Consider this, Noah saved himself and the seven in his family; Daniel saved himself and his three friends; and Job on…

Wandering

Have you seen someone who has no direction. They walk here and there without purpose. That is a wandering soul.
Israel wandered in the wilderness because they would not step out in faith and take the Promised Land. Cain was identified as a "restless wanderer" in Genesis 4:14 sent out by God for killing his brother, Abel. Abraham sent Hagar away and she "wandered in the desert of Bersheba."(Genesis 21:14)
This word wandering is an apt description of a person without purpose or direction. They see a glint here and there and move towards it but when they get there it is found to be just a mirage. A wanderer has no home or wandered from it. This person does not know where his steps will take him but is willful to keep wandering.
The believer is not to be a wanderer. He is to have purpose of life or should have it because he is connected to the Creator by faith. He is on a journey with a beginning and an ending. He is going from HERE to THERE. Are you wandering? From G…

Most Important

As Jesus was discussing with individuals from the ruling class of Israel the act of marriage and its ramifications after death, he encountered another teacher of the law that posed for him this question, "which is the most important commandment."
Jesus replied with, "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30) This love which he said was the basis for loving God was not erotic nor friendship love but the very deepest fully devoted kind of love. The word being used was "agape" which is in Scripture is used to identify God's love.
Jesus specified four different areas of a person's life from which to love:
All your heart – The heart is where we develop character and it is definitely a matter of character to love.All your soul – The very inner workings of a life is the soul and where we feel convictions about things. It is definitely a matter of …

God's Plan

We all would like to know what the future holds for us. Will it be filled with happiness and success or will we have to endure problems and pain constantly? Good questions to ask but not questions that normally can be answered. However, there are times when God pulls back the curtain to give us hope.
Jeremiah, who was a prophet speaking the word of God to the people of Israel, wrote a letter to those who were in captivity in Babylon around 590 B.C. and encouraged them with these words, "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
These words were written to the captives shortly after Jeremiah had also told them to "Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage…" (Jeremiah 29:5-6). Isn't it interesting that they are to settle down in their…

Testimony

In the 70 years following 597B.C. travelers continued to pass by the great city of Jerusalem on their routes to and from Egypt and Assyria. It once was a light on a hill; a bright, shining and welcoming place to travelers but now its walls are broken down, its major buildings (the Temple and the King's palace) are in ruins, its gates are burned and homes and businesses lay in rubble. It is a decaying, desolate place where abide only the poor of the poor who were not taken into captivity along with the ruling class and class of tradespersons.
Jeremiah makes reference to Jerusalem's present testimony when he says, "People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, 'Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?' And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God and have worshipped and served other gods.'" (Jeremiah 22:8-9)
The city becomes two testimonies: one, to the disobedience of …