Prayer for the day
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
Scripture for the day
There is a certain type of person that is addressed both in Ezekiel and in Hebrews. This is the kind of person most of us long to be, particularly if the world doesn’t encroach too far in our minds and spirits. We want to be the kind of people who grieve. We want to be the type of people who lament evil and the awful things that others (and we) do to ourselves, one another, God, and the world. We want to be the kind of people who are offended by the things that offend God.
The writer of Hebrews tries to encourage Christians to be exactly those kinds of people. We are to be the people who flee from immorality, reject the culture that would oppose God, and run to the arms of Christ for strength and direction. We are to be the kind of people who are proud to share their faith, proud to follow their God, and proud to eschew anything that would distract us from following that God.
The children of Israel stand as a stark example of the opposite kind of people. In Ezekiel’s vision, the man in linen with the pen is called upon to mark the people who do what God would ask, who reject the evil around them and mourn for the lost state of their brethren. While we’re not told exactly how many there are, we can assume from the language of the text that the number is not great. There are few, we would imagine, who would reject the evil around them and mourn it.
Which kind of people will we be?