(28 verses, 3:37 to read)
What I am about to Read
- The Lord will use Ezekiel as a sign. God attached His Word to Ezekiel and preach repentance.
MARK & LEARN
- In the Large Catechism, Luther defines a sacrament according to Augustine: “Hence also Baptism derives its essence (from God’s Word) as a Sacrament, as St. Augustine also taught: Accedat verbum ad elementum et fit sacramentum. That is, when the Word is joined to the element or natural substance, it becomes a Sacrament, that is, a holy and divine matter and sign.” This is important for this reading as we see God attach His Word to Ezekiel himself – “I have made you a sign for the house of Israel (vs. 7).” This is repeated in vs. 11.
- The Lutherans have added another important part to the definition and that is this: it promises the forgiveness of sins.
- 1-7: God makes Ezekiel a sign to preach the coming exile.
- 8-16: Ezekiel is told what to preach when asked, “What are you doing?”
- 17-20: The second action of Ezekiel is described in the reading. The first preached exile. The second specifically preached the eating of bread and drinking of water with anxiety.
- 21-28: The people were arguing two things: 1.) God’s is not faithful to His promise of judgment: “‘The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing” (vs. 23) and 2.) Even if God will perform it, it won’t be for a loooooooooong time. The Lord answers that His Word will be fulfilled, and for them, soon .
- Lord Jesus, I thank you that you were exiled, forsaken on the cross, so that I might never be left nor forsaken. I thank you that drank the cup of the Father’s against my sin, so that I drink of the cup of Your forgiveness, not in fear or anxiety, but in peace. Forgive me that I too often don’t believe Your Word. Forgive me for the times I do believe Your Word, but believe the judgments or promises are far removed from me in space or time. Help me to look to the things You have attached Your Word of forgiveness to here and now. Water and Word – Baptism; bread & wine and word – Your holy body and holy blood; my pastor and Your Word – Your admonitio & call to repentance and Your absolution, or forgiveness, from You Yourself. Behold, You are coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC