Ezekiel 2:3 – And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.
As a Christian and especially a pastor, one of the most important things I do is witnessing to the goodness of God in my life and the Truth of His Word. It is not always easy to know when to speak and when to be silent. Oftentimes our actions are more important that our words, but we must always acknowledge God’s grace giving credit where credit is due.
The prophets were sent to the children of Israel to deliver God’s messages of covenant, warning, chastisement, and hope. The people did not always listen, and they were often disbelieving. In fact they persecuted the prophets and sometimes executed them for their efforts. While the Truth stood firm, suffering resulted where sin went unrepented.
Modern Christians might assume that we are sent to everyone equally, but we must realize that most often the prophets, including Jesus, were first sent to Israel. The Church is often called Spiritual Israel, as the children of Abraham by faith. (Refer to Romans 9:1-8.) Therefore today the Word of God is sent first to the children of God who know Christ as Savior. We must hear and follow lest we fall under the chastening hand of God. Of Christians, will not hear the call to repentance, then we should expect little from non-Christian.
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:14-16)