Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 13, 2017

“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel;  whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.  When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.  Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself.  Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered;  but his blood I will require at your hand.  However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning;  and you have delivered yourself.”  Ezekiel 3:16-21.

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We need to be careful, study Scripture, and prayerful as to what we should do.  Today’s Scripture does not appoint or command just anyone to just say anything to the wicked to warn them.

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”  Matthew 7:6.

First, we notice that the LORD appointed Ezekiel to be a watchman to the house of Israel to warn them.  “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.”  Verse 17.  The LORD may not have appointed us as a watchman or otherwise commanded us to warn a particular group of people.  For another example, we read that the LORD specifically commanded Jonah to warn a particular group of people.  “The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”  For another example, we also read that the elders are appointed (not just anyone) “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”  Titus 1:9.

Second, we notice that the LORD prepared Ezekiel to warn them.  “Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.  Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead.  Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.”  Verses 8-9.  The LORD may have not (at least yet) prepared us to warn the wicked.

Third, we notice that the LORD controlled Ezekiel as to what he should say or not say.  “Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house.  But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ He who hears, let him hear;  and he who refuses, let him refuse;  for they are a rebellious house.”  Ezekiel 3:26-27.  We should not be careless and should not feel free to say whatever we want to warn the wicked.

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