Eze 4:12-15 says, “And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.”
Ezekiel was a prophet/priest during the time of the Babylonian captivity of Judah, and was given not only words to speak to the Jews, but also physical demonstrations. In this particular demonstration, Ezekiel was to bake his food using human dung (which was detestable), in order to show the complete destruction the Babylonians executed. However, Ezekiel asked God if He could use something else - and He granted his request. He allowed him to use cow dung, which was common to use (being mixed with straw) during that time.
The point I would like to make from this story, is that our God is a reasonable God. Many Christians portray God as unreasonable, and in turn it causes the world to think God is unreasonable. He is not. Our God is not like the wizard of Oz, with smoke and mirrors, being an unreasonable tyrant. I believe many Christians see Him as such. “God is sovereign! You never know what He’s going to do! He’ll cure you one minute, and kill you the next!” This is not reasonable - or true.
God is sovereign (self governing, independent); but the definition of sovereign has warped into meaning God is unpredictable and irrational. He’ll just kill your baby or give you cancer when He feels like it. This is not the case. Even in the Old Testament, God declared what He would do through His prophets (Amo 3:7). When something was God’s judgment in the Bible, there was no doubt about it. A world wide flood; 185, 000 soldiers dead in one night; a city wiped off the map. Now, we call a crack in the Washington Monument the judgment of God. Really? Did God speak that to you? Do you know for certain a seasonal drought or flood or hurricane is God’s judgment? Do you accuse God - with no facts to back it up? Think about that for a moment. We should not accuse God falsely.
Read the Book of Revelation. If it’s God’s judgment, it is thorough - and you know it is Him. We are not in the Tribulation at this point in time. When that great and terrible Day of the Lord comes, there will be no doubt about it. Some people say, “Everything is God’s will”. Well, God doesn’t will that any perish, but that all men would come to repentance (1Tim 2:4). Are all coming to repentance? No. We are to pray for God’s will to be done (Mt 6:10). If it automatically happens no matter what, why are we instructed to pray for it do be done?
As Christians, we have a real enemy. His name is satan. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy (Jn 10:10). We are to resist him - not blame God (Jam 4:7). He goes about like a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour - not God (1Pt 5:8). We are to put on the full armor of God and fight satan’s lies - not say, “Well, it just must be God’s will. What can you do?” That is convenient, but it’s a cop out.
God is for us, not against us (Rom 8:31). God gives us abundant life (Jn 10:10). God thinks thoughts of peace towards us, and has a future and a hope for us (Jer 29:11). God is our friend (Jn 15:15). God has given us His Holy Spirit to show us all things (1Jn 2:20, Jn 16:13-15). We have the mind of Christ (1Cor 2:16). God has revealed His mystery to us (Eph 3:3-4). God says, “Come, let us reason together (Isa 1:16-20)”.
Vain traditions and worthless religion has taught that God is beyond knowing, irrational, and unreasonable. However, Abraham reasoned with God (Gen 18:23-33). Abimelech reasoned with God (Gen 20:4-7). Moses reasoned with God (Num 16:20-26). David reasoned with God (2Sam 24:17-25). This was in the Old Testament. We have a better covenant with better promises; yet we throw up our hands like we don’t have a real enemy; and then blame everything on God. That is wrong. We might think it shows God respect; but it doesn’t. It actually undermines and insults what Jesus came to do - which is destroy the works of the devil.
Our God is rational. Our God is reasonable. Our God is good to His children. If the churches, homes, and businesses of born again Christians are destroyed in a natural disaster along with the wicked - that is not God. Abraham had more sense than that (Gen 18:23), and we should as well. There is much more to say on this, but until next time, rejoice in The Lord!