Exposition of Ezekiel (13): Don't Look Back
The 13th part of an exposition of Ezekiel, covering chapters 12 and 13, "five judgments."
1) The Structure of the Judgments
2) The Charade of the Judgments
Exhortations: So, don’t look back. Live with a view to the future new creation that is surely coming and is already (in Christ, seized by faith). Judgment on the past has been rendered. Are we doomed to repeat it? We must live as those who grab the future by faith. Like the exiles of Ezekiel’s day, we should not live as those who wish for a past glory to come back, whether it be the 1950’s picket-fence Americana, the Victorian prudishness of the 19th century, the Colonial fidelities of pilgrim travelers, the high sterile waters of Puritanism in 1645, the Reformation with thunder-puppies Luther and Calvin, or a medieval Church’s cathedral hegemony over Barbarians, or even a “new testament only” church becoming a new Israel. We are to live by faith (knowing God’s promises and His past faithfulness), by hope (envisioning as prophets a new horizon), and with love toward brother and neighbor now (actualizing both the past/faith and the future hope).
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more
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