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Ezekiel 21:14-17 (JDV)

Ezekiel 21:14 “So you, son of Adam, prophesy and clap your hands together: Let the sword slap two times, even three. It is a sword for massacre, a sword for great massacre – it surrounds them!
Ezekiel 21:15 I have appointed a sword for slaughter at all their gates so that their hearts may melt and many may stumble. Yes! It is ready to flash like lightning; it is drawn for slaughter.
Ezekiel 21:16 Slash to the right; turn to the left – wherever your blade is directed.
Ezekiel 21:17 I also will clap my hands together, and I will satisfy my wrath. I, Yahveh, have spoken.”

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When the passers-by saw this prophet brandishing his sword, they probably thought he was loony. But it was a symbol of a coming massacre — a prophecy of a terrible ordeal in which many would lose their lives. When those who claim God for their God rebel against him, his wrath comes upon their nation.

Reading through the Old Testament gives a person perspective. As much as I want to brag about my religion being a happy message of love, I am confronted with a God of love who must act against those who rebel against him. His arms are open for those who repent and return to him, but if not, there is a sword.

LORD, we hear the sound of the prophet clapping his hands together. We see the flash and slash. Bring us all back to you, Lord, before your day of judgment comes.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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