Living By The Lord's Values      Ezek. 7:1-2, 15-16, 19-27        June 12, 2005
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Today our society talks much about values, and politicians emphasize what they call family values. The discussion of these values by different political groups can make a significant contrast.
How can this be true, and there be such a difference in values? Man's values must submit to, and guided by the Lord's Word. This is especially true when we try Living By The Lord's Values.

1.    Living By The Lord's Values and the . . Timing of God. 7:1-2, 15-16

A.    Timing and the . . Word of God. v 1
    1 And the word of the Lord came to me:

B.    Timing and the . . Will of God. v 2
    2 "Son of man, this is what the Lord God says to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come on the four corners of the land.

C.    Timing and the . . Ways of God. v 15-16
    15 The sword is on the outside; plague and famine are on the inside. Whoever is in the field will die by the sword, and famine and plague will devour whoever is in the city. 16 The survivors among them will escape and live on the mountains like doves of the valley, all of them moaning, each over his own iniquity.

    God's values will be revealed to us in His word, will, and ways. Recently I talked to a nurse who expressed a desire to seek the Lord and a relationship to Him. Several events brought her to this time. Ezekiel expresses his experiences when a specific time came, and he heard the Word of the Lord. Everyone needs such an encounter with God's Word. His word in scripture will reveal His will, and any personal direction of His will never contradicts His word. Then Ezekiel knew God's specific way for him, and the nation. The nation rejected his values, and Ezekiel proclaims the Time for God's judgement.

2.    Living By The Lord's Values and the . . Treasures of God. 7:19-22

A.    The Treasures of God Make the Treasures of Man . . Inferior. 7:19 a
    19 They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will seem like something filthy.

B.    The Treasures of God Make the Treasures of Man . . Insatiable. 7:19 b
    Their silver and gold will be unable to save them in the day of the Lord's wrath. They will not satisfy their appetites or fill their stomachs, for these were the stumbling blocks that brought about their iniquity.

C.    The Treasures of God Make the Treasures of Man . . Infamous. 7:20-22
    20 He appointed His beautiful ornaments for majesty, but they made their abhorrent images from them, their detestable things. Therefore, I have made these into something filthy for them. 21 I will hand these things over to foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil, and they will profane them. 22 I will turn My face from the wicked as they profane My treasured place. Violent men will enter it and profane it.

    When we have the values of God the treasures of the world become inferior, insatiable, and infamous. Now does that mean we can not enjoy earthly treasures or any of the worldly possessions No! It does mean we will not hold them in our hearts but only in our hands. The text tell us the people threw their silver, and gold in the streets as inferior trash. Their appetites will not be satisfied by the values of the world. This reminds me of the man when asked how much money is enough said "just a little more." The famous ornaments, and images will be come infamous. We have seen this in the ornaments, and images of Saddam Hussein in Iraq as they were torn down and mocked in the streets of Baghdad.

3.    Living By The Lord's Values and the . . Truth of God. 7:23-27

A.    The Truth of God Concerning . . Interpretation about Judgement. 7:23-25
    23 Forge the chain, for the land is filled with crimes of bloodshed, and the city is filled with violence. 24 So I will bring the most evil of nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the strong, and their sacred places will be profaned. 25 Anguish is coming! They will seek peace, but there will be none.

B.    The Truth of God Concerning . . Instruction about Judgement. 7:26
    26 Disaster after disaster will come, and there will be rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction will perish from the priests and counsel from the elders.

C.    The Truth of God Concerning . . Intensity of Judgement. 7:27
    27 The king will mourn; the prince will be clothed in grief; and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their own conduct, and I will judge them by their own standards. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

    God told Ezekiel some details of His coming judgement . When we value the things of God His truth will be high on our list. His truth brings the Interpretation, instruction, and Intensity of this judgement. Israel on their own would never judge them like He did. Bloodshed will fill their cities, at the hands of a wicked nation. This evil nation will take possession of their homes, and even though they seek peace it will not come. This people had refused the instruction of Ezekiel, and now seek their own prophets, and elders to no avail. The intensity of this judgement is such that even the king and prince will be clothed in grief. God promises to judge them by their standards, rather than His truly it is much better for us to be Living By The Lord's Values. Amen? Amen!