The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Ezekiel had a tough gig. He was called by God to be a prophet. His specific role was to remind the people of the covenant’s that existed between God and his special people. Specifically he was to remind them of the Sinai covenant where God laid out the expectations of his rescued and redeemed people Israel when they had received the covenant blessing of the promised land. He was to remind them of the richness of the covenant blessing bestowed upon them by God, on the one hand; and the consequences for breaking the covenant on the other hand. In doing this he was to urge the Israelite to return to covenant faithfulness, or face the consequences. Ezekiel’s role was to remind them what was written in the law.

The image in Ezekiel 9 is striking whereby writers are commissioned, not to write and copy the law as would have occurred back in Moses, Joshua, David and Solomon’s day, but to now inscribe on the foreheads of those who were being unfaithful to the covenant law. In doing so they would be marked for the covenant consequence – death.


I can almost feel the quill pressing into my own forehead as my unfaithfulness to God is revealed through holding my life up against the light of the written word.

Who would want to be a prophet?….

Me! You! Everyone who has put their hand up to say “I’m in. I want to come under God’s covenantal promises made through the blood of Jesus.” And so we not only check our life and doctrine closely, we also check our brother’s and sister’s life and doctrine closely as well.

Yet thankfully for us, the price for covenant failure has already been paid fully in Christ’s own succumbing to the sword. We now have been marked not by the quill of the judgement writers but by the mark of Holy Spirit.

I, for one, do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit, but want the covenantal promises to shine through me.


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  1. Thank you Lachlan. In the Timothy reading I was struck by verse 14,”Remind everyone about these things, and command them in Gods presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them”. So Paul is urging Timothy remind the believers in Church today not to argue over unimportant details or to have foolish discussions because such arguments are confusing, useless and even harmful. How is this to be?? Well I am currently meeting with a group of Christian women who come from 8 different churches. There are 13 of us and there is such diversity. There are also a couple of “seekers” who come along. From the beginning, the first time we met as I read out what our groups covenant was I made a point of saying such a thing. We will not waste time talking about unimportant differences in our denominations. We will let the main things be the main things and not sweat over our differences. So far this has worked beautifully. The only reason this has worked is because we each are willing to put the interests of the others before that of our own. There is love. Real love. So united in love we have a special bond because at the heart of it each woman desires to live a life that glorifies God. Its very special. With such diversity its only the Holy Spirit that can make this happen. May all our churches (brothers and sisters) through out Wollongong area be able to work together so that God is glorified.
    Let them be as one as we are one – John 17:22b

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