The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

When God is Forgotten

Posted by Pastor Szekely on April 16, 2008

Do you have a hard time remembering things? I have to admit that I do…and one of the hardest things for me to remember are names. Now that’s not good for a pastor! I worked in pharmacy a long time and I still can remember “big words”, but for some reason it’s hard for me to remember names. As I write this, my wife and I’ve been married for over 21 years, and I joke with her about this. I tell her that for the first five years of our marriage I called her, “honey”, “baby”, and “sweetheart” because I couldn’t remember her name 🙂 Of course, that’s just a joke, but I must be missing something above the shoulders when it comes to names…Anyway…

This post has come about from my personal time in God’s Word, and I thought it very interesting what I’d read in Ezekiel 22:12, “In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.” [Emphasis added]

It’s one thing to forget names, but it’s totally something else TO FORGET THE LORD GOD! In Ezekiel’s time, one of the reasons why Israel was being judged by God was because they had forgotten God. What made Israel forget God? In Ezekiel 22:

vs3-4 = Idolatry…and as the verse says, idolatry defiles.

vs7 = Disrespectful toward their parents.

vs8 = Disrespectful and irreverent toward God.

vs9-11 = Lewdness – the unlawful indulgence of lust…and it was so bad and so “out-in-the-open” that verse 10 describes their lewdness like as a son discovering his father’s nakedness, “In thee have they discovered their fathers’ nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.” To “discover your father’s nakedness” means that a son would have his father’s wife: Leviticus 20:11, “And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness…”

What sins were committed in Israel! But this is the answer to the question…what made Israel forget God? Their wicked iniquities made them forget God! When sin abounds – God is forgotten. Don’t we as a nation need to hear this today? Aren’t there churches in our country where “this would preach“? Aren’t there families who need to wake up and realize that when sin abounds God is forgotten?

*When pornography is sought after and consumed – God is forgotten!

*When lying is just a way of doing business – God is forgotten!

*When God’s House and God’s Word are forsaken – God is forgotten!

*When children are not corrected and disobedient before their parents – God is forgotten!

*When satisfying “self” is the main goal – God is forgotten!

*When there’s acceptance and no guilt with adultery and fornication – God is forgotten!

*When Hollywood trains us rather than the Bible – God is forgotten!

*And I could go on and on. [If you’d like, you can add to it!]

 SO: Let me ask again – “Do YOU have a hard time remembering things…or more importantly, remembering God?” It’s one thing to forget a name…but it’s something totally different to forget God.

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4 Responses to “When God is Forgotten”

  1. Courtney said

    This is a powerful message, Brother Szekely! I can certainly trace this truth in my own life, that when I have been intent on my own desires, God is forgotten. I see it in a lack of prayer and Bible study, and I see it in my impatience with my children. Yet, when I seek God earnestly, it amazes me how simple it is to walk in His ways. If only I could remember that all the time! My husband is doing a Bible study on Romans with the children in the evenings. This ties in perfectly with Romans 1, and we are coming up to the part about their foolish hearts being darkened. I think I will print this for the husband and see what he thinks.

  2. Bro. Szekely said

    I’m very thankful this post can be a help to you and yours, Courtney! I too see this same principle in my life…when I am earnestly seeking after God and His things there is a godly simplicity as events come my way – oh, to be consistent!

    Lord bless as your husband leads the family in devotion, and thanks for your comments!

  3. Jillian said

    This was a very nice study! I needed that.

    (By the way,don’t go searching through your mind trying to figure out who in the world I am! My big sister met you at a youth rally in Norfolk,Ne. I believe you and your family was a blessing to her!)

  4. G’day Jillian!

    I’m very thankful my post was a help to you! And thank you for letting me know a little about who you are…we’re planning on being at the youth rally this year in North Platte! Lord-willing, we’ll be able to visit with you and yours…if you’re there. Please tell your sister I said, “HEY!”

    Lord bless, and thanks so very much for clicking in and commenting!

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