Bethlehem Baptist Chapel

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  • Bethlehem
  • Spittal
  • Haverfordwest
  • Pembrokeshire
  • SA62 5QL

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14th July 2019

Ezekiel 4:1-8, 5:1-17

God Continues His Work To Completion

A Jealous God Not To Be Trifled With



1. Righteous Anger, Ezekiel 5:1-17

'In your anger, do not sin,’ Ephesians 4:26

God is angry in Ezekiel 5

Verse 13 – ‘anger’ = nostrils/nose
A physical response to intense emotion

Acted sermon, v.1-4: Cut of hair & beard
Set fire/scatter symbolic of God’s punishment
God’s people behaved very badly, v.5-7
Freewill decisions leads to consequence of wrath

2Peter 3:7 and 9

 

2.  Reason For Anger, Ezekiel 5:13b
‘Zeal’ is strong emotion to desire something greatly – jealousy
God is a jealous God – Exodus 20:5, Deut 4:24

Old Testament depicts God as husband and Israel as the adulterous wife
Their behaviour arose the Lord’s jealousy

Jealousy comes because someone is besotted
God is infatuated with us
1Peter 2:25

 

3.  Rescue From Anger, Ezekiel 4:1-8
Second acted sermon – draw city of Jerusalem on clay tablet and act out siege by Babylon 
Iron pan depicts God unable to look on Judah

Ezekiel lies on left side for 390 days and on right side for 40 days
Ezekiel ‘bore’ their sin – ‘representation’

1Peter 2:24
Jesus ‘bore’ our sin – ‘substitution’ 
To rescue us from God’s anger
He paid the price, suffered our punishment