Focus Verse: And I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me. (25)
Ezekiel told everything from the vision he had seen – the good, the bad, and the ugly. He held nothing back. When God has given us a message to share with others, we should tell all of it, including the parts that may not be pleasant to hear.
Focus Verse: Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. (23)
Some prophecies in the Bible have not yet been fulfilled. Many of them have come to pass, but there are several more that have yet to come to something. We can be certain that every word the Lord has spoken will be fulfilled in the near future.
Focus Verse: I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the Lord. (21)
God promises to destroy the false prophets who have spoken nothing but lies to His people. Many were ensnared by their false visions and dishonest divinations, but God promises to deliver them.
1 Timothy 6
Focus Verse: And constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. (5)
This has been one of the greatest false teachings of Christianity – that believing in the Prince of Peace will bring a person prosperity. Christ did not die to make us financially wealthy. He died so that we could be saved from darkness and brought into His marvelous light. God did not guarantee us material riches. He promised us eternal life. Paul had it right – godliness is NOT a means to financial gain.
However, we should know that having a lot of money is not a sin. God often blesses His people with financial wealth so that they can be a blessing to those who do not have a lot. Only when we love money more than we love God will we find ourselves wandering from the straight and narrow path. When we pursue money more eagerly than we pursue righteousness will we find ourselves pierced with many griefs.