Unexpectedly.

“If someone had told the king an hour before that the time had come when he must step into the balances and be weighed, he would have laughed at the thought. But the vital hour had come…That night the king’s blood mingled with the wine of the banquet hall. Judgment came upon him unexpectedly, suddenly: and probably ninety-nine out of every hundred judgments come in this way. Death comes upon us unexpectedly; it comes upon us suddenly.”D. L. Moody 

Daniel 5:30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain.

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Pray for a great living army.

While these verses are directed at the “whole house of Israel” (v. 11), it is easy to see their evangelistic application. The world sits in the valley of the shadow of death. Those who do not know the Lord are dead in their trespasses and sins (see Eph. 2:1), and we have been commanded to preach the Word of the Lord to their dry bones. May God breathe His Spirit into them, raising up a great army to reach this lost and dying world.

 

Ezekiel 37:1The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold,there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

4Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that Iam the Lord.” ’ ”

7So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

9Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ”10So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

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If there is no genuine repentance, there is no peace.

Although this passage speaks of prophets who have visions of peace for Jerusalem when there was no peace (see v. 10), these verses should make us tremble. The modern message of evangelism is too quick to say that a sinner has peace with God merely because he has recited a “sinner’s prayer.” If there is no genuine repentance, there is no peace. The sinner is still under the wrath of God.

Ezekiel 13:15“Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, 16that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord God.

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In the “image and likeness” of God.

Adam was uniquely created in the “image and likeness” of God (see Gen. 1:26). But after he sinned and died spiritually (see Gen. 2:17 comment), his offspring were made in hisfallen image. Since everything reproduces “after its own kind,” all of Adam’s offspring (all mankind) are born spiritually dead—separated from God. It is because we are born spiritually dead that Jesus came to give us spiritual life (John 5:40; 10:10; 14:6; etc.). This is why Jesus said that we must be born again (John 3:3).

Genesis 5:1This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2He created themmale and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. 3And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

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Hiding your sin?

Some primitive tribes paint their faces so that their gods cannot recognize them when they kill. We may smile at such absurdity, but modern man is no different. He thinks that God, who made his eyes, cannot see his sin. But it is the sinner, not God, who is blind. See Psa. 94:7–11

Job 24:15The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises his face.

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God’s amazing attributes

We have so very little understanding of the nature of God. Scripture puts us in the shallowest of shores on the very edge of the deepest of oceans. It will take all of eternity for us to explore His amazing attributes.

“If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped.” Evelyn Underhill 

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“Do you know the Lord?”

The biblical challenge to an unsaved person is, “Do you know the Lord?” If someone is a “backslider” (a false convert), ask him, “Did you know the Lord?” That puts him between a rock and a hard place. If he says he did, then he is admitting that God is real and that he is in rebellion. If he says that he didn’t know Him, he is admitting that he was never a Christian. He had a false conversion, as so clearly taught in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4). See John 17:3 for the definition of a Christian.

Judges 2:10When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.

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