Jesus gave you two commandments – love God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind. Once you arrive at such love his second commandment will become your natural state of being, you will love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus even went as far as to tell us the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. Meaning, without them the law is void and the words and prophecies offered by the prophets are meaningless. Wow! This is how big love is! Love is the backbone of everything in this world – love for God and love for others. Before we dive into the power of love and a common block that interferes with love lets chat about Ezekiel in today’s reading.
Ezekiel and His Visions
Let’s start with some facts. Ezekiel was a 30-year-old educated prophet of great significance in Judah who ranked up there with Isaiah and Jeremiah. He experienced amazing visions from God and he seemed to be able to exist at times in the sacred space between heaven and earth. His hopes and dreams for his people had been thwarted by King Nebuchadnezzar. It is likely that the people of Judah were captives of the Babylonians when his prophecies began.
Ezekiel’s prophecies, while revealing a message for the distant future, offered serious warnings for the descendants of Israel. Included in his messages were warnings for the modern tribes of Israel. A close look at scripture tells us that this includes all descendants of Israel– Jews and God’s adopted children like you and I.