I’ve got this One Year Bible (OYB) thing going all year round. I’m sure that you know about it, but for those of you who don’t, I’ll explain.
Basically, it’s a version of the bible that is split up into 365 pieces. Each day you have about twenty to thirty minutes worth of reading. You get a 1/365th of the Old Testament, a 1/365th of the New Testament, a 1/365th of Psalms, and a a 1/365th of Proverbs. (Although, some versions of the OYB will take you through Psalms and Proverbs twice in a year.)
I like it.
It keeps me marching through the most important book in my library and offers a measured pace that gets me through ever word of the bible in a year.
Well, it’s November, and that means we’re in Ezekiel, and it makes me think a bit. Like the rest of the prophets in the bible, Ezekiel spends most of his time talking about how evil Israel has behaved and is behaving, and what that’ll result in.
Most people assume that Israel was a special case and had been especially deserving of what happened to them. Well, they were special in the sense that they were God’s people, and the only ones that we know of that could make that claim.
Other than that, they were nothing special, no different than you or me. Yes, they represented God on this planet, which gave them a special responsibility to live to a higher standard, but they weren’t any different. They were us, without the technology that we take for granted.
That being the case, should those of us who are God-followers expect any different treatment, if we go down the same path that Israel walked?
Yeah, I don’t think so, either.
Like it or not, God is on our money. He’s on the masthead of newspapers. He is invoked in our founding documents. He’s spoken about in our national songs. He’s a part of our Pledge of Allegiance. He is sworn-by in our courts of law. He is invoked at the beginning of ever session of Congress, both state and national. Like it or not, the United States of America is closely identified with God.
What happens when a country like that violates the standard of behavior that God sets for His people?
He treats them exactly like He treated Israel when THEY violated the standard of behavior that God set for them.
So, if you’re like me and plowing through the November section of the One Year Bible, spend some time thinking about America as you see God criticize Israel. If God was willing to do THAT to His chosen people, would He do any less to us?
Think about it.