Some might opine that I think too much.
Cutting television out of my life has been extremely rewarding. There are many reasons television-free living is rewarding, but that is the topic of a future blog post. More important today is one of the greatest benefits of being TV-free…the encouragement to think…meditate…ponder.
Pondering as I was, I realized that it has been considerable time since I last studied Ezekiel. I decided, therefore, get to it. Then, (still thinking of course) I wondered how to go about it. If you have ever read Ezekiel, you understand that that this piece of the holy scriptures includes some very strange stuff. My first instinct was to assemble a mountain of commentaries to explain the meaning of the symbols and things seen in Ezekiel’s visions, but (yes, you guessed it) I thought about it some more. Why not just READ Ezekiel? Slowly and thoughtfully, mind you, but simple, straight-ahead reading is the plan this time.
I might find out otherwise later, but my pre-study guess is that Ezekiel was not written for the purpose of confusing us. Nor was it written with the intent of only being understood by professors of theology and experts in the Hebrew language. As strange as this book is, I am entering the study thinking that it was written and preserved for us so that we can read it, become more holy, and draw closer to the Almighty of heaven. I will pray that He will open my eyes to see what He would have me see and I will proceed in faith that He will give what I’ve requested.
“I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ As for them, whether they listen or not – for they are a rebellious house – they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ez. 2:4-5)
Maybe I THINK too much and don’t DO enough. So forgive me, but I THINK I’ll go DO something…but it won’t involve television.