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Daily Devotional

Bible Study
Set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee.
EZEKIEL 40:4
22
September
What we take in by the Word we digest by meditation and let out by prayer.
Thomas Manton
Ezekiel is told to fix his heart on the Word of God. If he, the watchman-prophet, intimate with God and renowned for wisdom, receives such a command, how much more must we give heart attention to what God says?

Every word of God is important. God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. The words there are important because they are His. While there is undoubted emphasis upon the certainty of Scripture throughout this prophecy, these last chapters contain some particularly strong personal admonitions. There is a threefold injunction here: Behold; hear; set thine heart. For example, in chapter 44 verse 5 Ezekiel is told, Mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee. Ezekiel is an example to us in this.

We may hear Gods Word and yet not have a listening heart. The ear picks up the message, but the heart is set upon something else. We do a dishonour to the Lord if we hear with a divided heart. Ezekiel learns two things. First, God has a purpose in speaking to him. God has providentially placed him before Him, just so that he can hear what God has to say. Second, it is Gods will that Ezekiel should now go forth with what he has learned in his heart and declare it to the house of Israel. Teaching is before preaching.

The Lord assures the prophet of a reward for his assiduity. The verse offers a guide to the study of Scripture, for the prophet is here enrolled as a student at the feet of his Lord. There are four conditions for each one to adopt in this Bible college. First, our heart must be in what we learn. Second, obedience is necessary to the favour of God. Third, God requires submission to all that He says. Fourth, we must have absolute conviction as to the divine origin of the written Word: I shall shew thee.
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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