The LORD told him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of everyone who sighs and moans over all of the loathsome things that are happening in it.” 5 As I continued to listen, he also told the others, “Follow him through the city and start killing. Don’t spare anyone you see, and don’t show pity of any kind. 6 You are to execute old men, young men, young women, little children, and women. But don’t touch anyone who has been marked. Begin at my Holy Place!” And so they started with the elders who were in standing in front of the Temple.
The first part of this lesson I want to share with everyone is when the Lord told the men to mark the people who were faithful to Him. It was determined that those who were truly sorrowed by the sin of the nation and everyone around them who were faithful to God and would to be spared by giving them a mark on their forehead. The rest of the nation without the mark would be killed for their sins. When reading this piece of scripture I am reminded about Exodus where the Jews had to paint over their door with blood to save themselves from the plague of death. God puts a mark on all the faithful whether we fully understand it or not. When the day of atonement comes, those without this special mark will be destroyed.
After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth. They were holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on the land, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 I saw another angel coming from the east having the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been permitted to harm the land and sea, 3 “Don’t harm the land, the sea, or the trees until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads.”
The second part of this lesson I want to share with everyone is the fact that the killing started at the temple. Since the spiritual leaders were teaching falsely and taking the Lord’s name in vain angered the Lord. The very people who were supposed to bring the nation closer to God were promoting idol worship and lustful desires. So the Lord struck the temple leaders first and worked His way out. This should be a reminder to all of those who are placed in positions of authority that do not honor God’s will. Whether you are a politician, a minister or even a parent at home not teaching your children about God; you will be the first held accountable. Those in any position of authority have to live by a higher standard because they should represent God’s love. Being hateful or leading people away from Him makes you no different from those leaders at God’s temple who were struck down first.
This lesson is not meant to scare anyone, but to ensure that you hold yourself accountable for your actions. As Christians, if you are not acting Christ-like, it will push others away from the Lord. So please be aware of your actions and words to others. If they are not centered in love then they are not from God and you are doing satan’s work. I don’t know about you, but I am dedicating my entire life to doing the Lord’s work and that starts from within myself and my home and then working my way out onto the community. I want to earn a mark on my head and it is my responsibility to ensure my wife and children do to. This is what it means to be accountable and I wish everyone felt the same way.
Please have a blessed day and have a happy new year. If you have fallen short of this goal I am teaching today it is ok. However, tomorrow is a new day and you can change your perspective to make this next year a godly one and kick satan and his sins and lustful desires to the curb. God bless you all!