Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000675
00:15 Hello and welcome back to "His Words Are Life."
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer and today we'll be reading together
00:21 from the Book of Ezekiel.
00:23 But first let's pray.
00:25 Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much
00:28 that you are the bread of life to us,
00:31 You are the living water, You are the light to our path.
00:36 Please be with each of us today,
00:38 send us the Holy Spirit to show us
00:40 how these words from you apply in every situation
00:44 that we're facing right now.
00:46 We love You so much and thank you
00:48 for loving us, amen.
00:50 We're reading in the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 19,
00:54 beginning with verse 10
00:56 and this is the King James Version.
00:59 "Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood,
01:02 planted by the waters.
01:05 She was fruitful and full of branches
01:07 by reason of many waters.
01:09 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them
01:12 that bare rule, and her stature was exalted
01:15 among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height
01:18 with the multitude of her branches.
01:20 But she was plucked up in fury,
01:23 she was cast down to the ground,
01:25 and the east wind dried up her fruit,
01:28 her strong rods were broken and withered,
01:31 the fire consumed them.
01:33 And now she is planted in the wilderness,
01:36 in a dry and thirsty ground.
01:39 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches,
01:42 which hath devoured her fruit,
01:45 so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule.
01:50 This is a lamentation,
01:52 and shall be for a lamentation."
01:56 Continuing in Ezekiel Chapter 20,
01:58 this is the King James Version.
02:01 "And it came to pass in the seventh year,
02:03 in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month,
02:07 that certain of the elders of Israel
02:09 came to enquire of the Lord, and sat before me.
02:14 Then came the word of the Lord unto me,
02:16 saying, Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel,
02:20 and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.
02:25 Are ye come to enquire of me.
02:28 As I live, saith the Lord God,
02:30 I will not be enquired of by you.
02:35 Wilt thou judge them, son of man,
02:36 wilt thou judge them.
02:38 'Cause them to know
02:40 the abominations of their fathers.
02:41 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.
02:44 In the day when I chose Israel,
02:47 and lifted up mine hand
02:48 unto the seed of the house of Jacob,
02:51 and made myself known unto them
02:52 in the land of Egypt,
02:54 when I lifted up mine hand unto them,
02:56 saying, I am the Lord your God.
03:00 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them,
03:02 to bring them forth of the land of Egypt
03:05 into a land that I had espied for them,
03:08 flowing with milk and honey,
03:09 which is the glory of all lands.
03:12 Then said I unto them,
03:15 Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes,
03:21 and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt.
03:26 I am the Lord your God.
03:28 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me.
03:33 They did not every man
03:35 cast away the abominations of their eyes,
03:37 neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt.
03:42 Then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them,
03:45 to accomplish my anger against them
03:47 in the midst of the land of Egypt.
03:50 But I wrought for my name's sake,
03:52 that it should not be polluted before the heathen,
03:55 among whom they were, in whose sight
03:58 I made myself known unto them,
03:59 in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.
04:03 Wherefore I caused them
04:04 to go forth out of the land of Egypt,
04:05 and brought them into the wilderness.
04:07 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments,
04:10 which if a man do, he shall even live in them.
04:16 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths,
04:18 to be a sign between me and them,
04:21 that they might know
04:22 that I am the Lord that sanctify them.
04:25 But the house of Israel
04:27 rebelled against me in the wilderness.
04:30 They walked not in my statutes,
04:32 they despised my judgments, which if a man do,
04:36 he shall even live in them,
04:38 and my sabbaths they greatly polluted.
04:42 Then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them
04:44 in the wilderness, to consume them.
04:48 But I wrought for my name's sake,
04:50 that it should not be polluted before the heathen,
04:52 in whose sight I brought them out.
04:55 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness,
04:59 that I would not bring them into the land
05:00 which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey,
05:03 which is the glory of all lands.
05:05 Because they despised my judgments,
05:07 and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my Sabbaths,
05:11 for their heart went after their idols.
05:15 Nevertheless mine eye spared them
05:18 from destroying them,
05:19 neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.
05:24 But I said unto their children in the wilderness,
05:26 Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers,
05:30 neither observe their judgments,
05:32 nor defile yourselves with their idols.
05:35 I am the Lord your God, walk in my statutes,
05:38 and keep my judgments, and do them.
05:40 And hallow my sabbaths,
05:42 and they shall be a sign between me and you,
05:45 that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.
05:49 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me,
05:53 they walked not in my statutes,
05:55 neither kept my judgments to do them,
05:57 which if a man do, he shall live in them,
06:00 they polluted my sabbaths,
06:02 Then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them,
06:04 to accomplish my anger
06:06 against them in the wilderness.
06:08 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand,
06:11 and wrought for my name's sake,
06:14 that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen,
06:17 in whose sight I brought them forth.
06:19 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness,
06:22 that I would scatter them among the heathen,
06:25 and disperse them through the countries.
06:27 Because they had not executed my judgments,
06:29 but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths,
06:33 and their eyes were after their fathers' idols.
06:37 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good,
06:40 and judgments whereby they should not live,
06:42 and I polluted them in their own gifts,
06:45 in that they caused to pass through the fire
06:48 all that openeth the womb,
06:50 that I might make them desolate,
06:52 to the end that they might know that I am the Lord.
06:58 Therefore, son of man,
07:00 speak unto the house of Israel,
07:02 and say unto them. Thus saith the Lord God.
07:06 Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me,
07:10 in that they have committed a trespass against me.
07:14 For when I had brought them into the land,
07:16 for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them,
07:19 then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees,
07:24 and they offered there their sacrifices,
07:27 and there they presented
07:29 the provocation of their offering,
07:31 there also they made their sweet savour,
07:34 and poured out there their drink offerings.
07:37 Then I said unto them.
07:39 What is the high place whereunto you go?
07:43 And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
07:47 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel,
07:51 Thus saith the Lord God.
07:53 Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers?
07:57 And commit ye whoredom after their abominations?
08:00 For when ye offer your gifts,
08:02 when ye make your sons to pass through the fire,
08:05 ye pollute yourselves with all their idols,
08:07 even unto this day.
08:09 And shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel?
08:14 As I live, saith the Lord God,
08:15 I will not be enquired of by you.
08:18 And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all.
08:22 That ye say, we will be as the heathen,
08:25 as the families of the countries,
08:26 to serve wood and stone.
08:29 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand,
08:33 and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out,
08:38 will I rule over you.
08:40 And I will bring you out from the people,
08:43 and will gather you out of the countries
08:44 wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand,
08:47 and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
08:50 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people,
08:53 and there will I plead with you face to face.
08:58 Like as I pleaded with your fathers
09:01 in the wilderness of the land of Egypt,
09:02 so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God.
09:06 And I will cause you to pass under the rod,
09:08 and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.
09:11 And I will purge out from among you the rebels,
09:14 and them that transgress against me.
09:17 I will bring them forth
09:19 out of the country where they sojourn,
09:20 and they shall not enter into the land of Israel.
09:23 And ye shall know that I am the Lord.
09:28 As for you, O house of Israel,
09:30 thus saith the Lord God,
09:32 Go ye, serve ye everyone his idols,
09:36 and hereafter also,
09:37 if ye will not hearken unto me.
09:39 But pollute ye my holy name
09:41 no more with your gifts, and with your idols.
09:45 For in mine Holy Mountain,
09:47 in the mountain of the height of Israel,
09:49 saith the Lord God.
09:50 There shall all the house of Israel,
09:53 all of them in the land, serve me.
09:55 There will I accept them,
09:57 and there will I require your offerings,
10:00 and the first-fruits of your oblations,
10:02 with all your holy things.
10:04 I will accept you with your sweet savour.
10:07 When I bring you out from the people,
10:09 and gather you out of the countries
10:11 wherein ye have been scattered.
10:13 And I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
10:18 And ye shall know that I am the Lord.
10:20 When I shall bring you into the land of Israel,
10:22 into the country for the which I lifted up
10:25 my hand to give it to your fathers.
10:26 And there shall ye remember your ways,
10:29 and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled,
10:33 and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight
10:35 for all your evils that ye have committed.
10:39 And ye shall know that I am the Lord.
10:42 When I have wrought with you for my name's sake,
10:45 not according to your wicked ways,
10:48 nor according to your corrupt doings,
10:50 O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.
10:54 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
10:56 Son of man, set thy face toward the south,
10:59 and drop thy word toward the south,
11:02 and prophesy against the forest of the south field.
11:06 And say to the forest of the south.
11:09 Hear the word of the Lord.
11:11 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold,
11:13 I will kindle a fire in thee,
11:15 and it shall devour every green tree in thee,
11:18 and every dry tree.
11:20 The flaming flame shall not be quenched,
11:23 and all faces from the south to the north
11:27 shall be burned therein.
11:29 And all flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled it,
11:33 it shall not be quenched.
11:36 Then said I, Ah Lord God, they say of me.
11:42 Doth he not speak parables?
11:45 Continuing in Ezekiel Chapter 21,
11:48 and this is King James Version.
11:51 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
11:53 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem,
11:55 and drop thy word toward the holy places,
11:58 and prophesy against the land of Israel,
12:00 and say to the land of Israel.
12:02 Thus saith the Lord.
12:04 Behold, I am against thee,
12:07 and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath,
12:10 and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
12:15 Seeing then that I will cut off
12:16 from thee the righteous and the wicked,
12:18 therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath
12:21 against all flesh from the south to the north.
12:25 That all flesh may know that
12:27 I the Lord have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath.
12:31 It shall not return any more.
12:33 Sigh therefore, thou son of man,
12:36 with the breaking of thy loins,
12:38 and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
12:43 And it shall be, when they say unto thee,
12:45 Wherefore sighest thou?
12:48 That thou shall answer.
12:50 For the tidings, because it cometh.
12:54 And every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble,
12:58 and every spirit shall faint,
13:00 and all knees shall be weak as water.
13:03 Behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass,
13:07 saith the Lord God.
13:10 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
13:12 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord.
13:16 Say, a sword, a sword is sharpened,
13:20 and also furbished.
13:22 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter,
13:25 it is furbished that it may glitter.
13:28 Should we then make mirth?
13:30 It contemneth the rod of my son,
13:32 as every tree.
13:34 And he hath given it to be furbished,
13:36 that it may be handled.
13:38 This sword is sharpened, and it is furbished,
13:40 to give it into the hand of the slayer.
13:43 Cry and howl, son of man.
13:46 For it shall be upon my people,
13:48 it shall be upon all the princes of Israel,
13:50 terrors by reason of the sword
13:53 shall be upon my people,
13:55 Smite therefore upon thy thigh.
13:58 Because it is a trial,
14:00 and what if the sword contemn even the rod?
14:03 It shall be no more, saith the Lord God.
14:06 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy,
14:09 and smite thine hands together,
14:10 and let the sword be doubled the third time,
14:12 the sword of the slain,
14:14 it is the sword of the great men that are slain,
14:16 which entereth into their privy chambers.
14:20 I have set the point of the sword
14:22 against all their gates, that their heart may faint,
14:25 and their ruins be multiplied, ah! It is made bright,
14:29 it is wrapped up for the slaughter.
14:32 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand,
14:35 or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.