“El Roi – the Almighty Sees!”

God is El Roi

Ezekiel 8 to 11 Have you ever wondered if God sees all that is happening in this world? The prophet Ezekiel was far from Jerusalem but still held “Bible Studies” in his new home along the banks of the Chebar Canal in Babylon. One day he experienced another vivid vision of a glorious figure lifting him up and taking him to Jerusalem’s Temple. He saw his religious leaders worshiping idols. God had explicitly said; you shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything I have created. [Ex 20:4] But, when men want to do Christianity ‘their’ way, God will give them over to a depraved mind to do that which is not proper. Just as Paul wrote, these religious leaders knew “about” God but did “know” God. Professing to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the immortal glory of God for an image resembling His creation. [Rom 1:25]

 These religious leaders were driving God far from His sanctuary and, worse, were leading others to follow them. They thought and even said: “The Lord does not see me.” [Ezek 8:12] What a difference from Hagar’s words. She called God “El-Roi,” the God who sees me! [Gen 16:13]

Yet, as Ezekiel listened in and saw all of this depravity, he also saw God’s grace. As in Revelation, the righteous were sealed with a mark on their forehead, lest the executioner mistakes them. Yes, God does see! Yes, God knows who are His. 

God sees all those who are His and those who are not. What does He see when He looks at you?

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