Shock and Awe Message of the Lord – When His People Won’t Listen

Jesus was in the very beginning and all things were created through Him.  The Word was also in the beginning, meaning the holy words written upon the pages of the canon Judeo-Christian bible. They are eternal, alive, divinely inspired and are Jesus in the flesh from beginning to end.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
With that established, we know that Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword, for I have come to bring division, a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – and a man’s enemies are those of his own household.” Matthew 10:34-36
G-d will do things in a way that is outside of what man would expect.  His ways will always be divisive in nature, to the point of splitting bone and marrow.
“For the Word of Elohim is living, and working, and sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting through even to the dividing of being and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all are naked and laid bare before the eyes of Him with whom is our account.” Hebrews 4:12-13
Examples:
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon being the ruler over Israel.  Do you obey the laws of the land, which is the lawful “righteous” thing to do or do you refuse to obey the laws of man?  The laws that contradict the Word of G-d?  Why did G-d make Israel subservient to a pagan king?
Jesus appearing as a humble servant before later appearing as a ruling King.  The latter being what all Jews were taught.  That the Messiah would be appearing as to conquer their oppressor of the time, the pagan Roman Empire.  Do you follow the One who appears to be far less than what you were taught from birth to be the Messiah? Or do you follow the words of those who were highly educated and had constant access to the written Word (aka the Religious Experts)?
And then there was the prophet Ezekiel, who appeared to defy the very Laws of G-d, and appeared to waller in uncleanness like a complete lunatic.  Certainly NOT like a man of G-d…at least to those who lacked spiritual discernment….but a sign of things to come.
“And you, son of man, take a clay tablet, and you shall lay it before you, and shall inscribe on it a city, Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and shall lay siege against it, and build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it, and set camps against it, and place battering rams against it all around. “Then take an iron plate, and set it as an iron wall between you and the city. And you shall set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it.
It is a sign to the house of Yisra’ĕl. (Isreal) “And lie on your left side, and you shall put the crookedness of the house of Yisra’ĕl on it. As many days as you lie on it, you shall bear their crookedness. “For I Myself have laid on you the years of their crookedness, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days. And you shall bear the crookedness of the house of Yisra’ĕl. “And when you have completed them, you shall lie again on your right side and shall bear the crookedness of the house of Yehuḏah forty days, a day for a year. I have laid on you a day for a year.
“Then you shall set your face toward the siege of Yerushalayim, with your arm bared, and you shall prophesy against it. “And see, I shall put cords on you so that you do not turn from one side to another until you have completed the days of your siege. “And take wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt. And you shall put them into one vessel, and make bread of them. You shall eat it, as many days as you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days. “And your food which you eat is by weight, twenty sheqels a day, to be eaten from time to time. “And drink water by measure, one-sixth of a hin, to be drunk from time to time.
And eat it as a barley cake. And bake it, before their eyes, on human dung.” And יהוה said, “Even so the children of Yisra’ĕl shall eat their defiled bread among the gentiles, to whom I drive them.” Then I said, “Ah, Master יהוה! See, I have never defiled myself from my youth till now. I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has unclean meat ever come into my mouth.” And He said to me, “See, I am giving you the dung of cattle instead of human dung, and you shall prepare your bread over it.” And He said to me, “Son of man, see, I am going to cut off the supply of bread in Yerushalayim, and they shall eat bread by weight and with fear, and drink water by measure and with dread, so that they lack bread and water, and shall be appalled with one another, and be consumed in their crookedness.”  Ezekiel 4
Even the prophet Ezekiel was in shock and awe of what the Lord was doing. Ezekiel quickly proclaimed to the Lord that he has never defiled himself from his youth until now.  Then the Lord explained to him that it would only appear as to be baked on human dung to those watching.  WOW!  G-d had to go so far out of His way to get a message across to those that were so blinded by their own understanding. He had to make it appear as though Ezekiel was committing a violation of the law.  Did you get that?  Are you with me?
How far out of G-d’s way (if there was such a thing) does He have to go to reach us today?  I think we are starting to find out, and the ways in which He will accomplish it will defy the understanding of many.  He definitely has my attention in the midst of current events, but you know what?  We shall see even greater abominations than these.
Many times, G-d heals with what wounds.  Examples: “And Yisra’ĕl dwelt in Shittim (so called because of its many acacia trees), and the people began to whore with the daughters of Mo’aḇ, and they invited the people to the slaughterings of their mighty ones, and the people ate and bowed down to their mighty ones.” Numbers 25:1-2
“And Betsal’ĕl made the ark (the ark of the covenant that was the seat upon which G-d sat upon in the holy of holies) of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, and a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.” Exodus 37:1
The cross that heals is a sign of hope and love.  It was also the biblical equivalent of an electric chair.
Again, G-d always does things outside of the expectations and understanding of men.  So then, how is one to discern truth from falsehood?  Does one rely on their own preconceptions or do they actually listen to what the Lord is speaking?

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