In my scripture reading this week, a passage from Ezekiel caught my attention. It’s found in Ezekiel 13:14-15: “So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it.”
The Lord, through Ezekiel, is speaking against the prophets of Israel that prophesy falsely. That is, they follow “out of their own hearts, follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!” (Ezekiel 13:2-3). The passage goes on to say that the wall, built with “untempered morter,” will fall, and the foundation be discovered. Now, the foundation being discovered is not a bad thing, as long as it is the foundation built on the “apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). And I would submit to you that it would do us well to rediscover this foundation in 2014, and make sure our life, our family and our ministry is built on it! But the point of this scripture is not that the foundation was discovered, but rather that the wall was built incorrectly, and fell. And not just fell, but God is the one that actually caused it to fall! Verse 15 says that God will accomplish His wrath upon the wall itself, and upon them that daubed it with untempered morter.
This word “untempered” is interesting. It is the Hebrew word tapel, and is an unused root meaning to “smear or plaster,” but figuratively, it means “frivolity” or “uncertain.” Wow. It seems that God takes what His prophets (and, His people!) speak pretty seriously. The bricks and blocks of truth that make up the walls of the Kingdom cannot be firmly and permanently held together by just smearing any old words or doctrine on them! This message of salvation, healing, restoration and deliverance is not to be taken lightly, or frivolously. And I’m also reminded of 1 Corinthians 14:8, which says, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” In the battle against the devil, the world and the flesh, we must utter a certain sound of the truth of God’s word! That is the only thing that will secure the wall and ensure it will stand against the storms of life. And don’t forget, if the wall is built with frivilous or uncertain words, those that come from within ourselves and not from God’s Spirit, God Himself will tear the wall down.
How important is it, when we teach, preach, or simply share the Word of God, to be led by His Spirit and not by our own heart or flesh. How vital it is to not speak frivolously or uncertainly when we share the good news. We have a message! I submit to you, that we have THE message! We must speak the certain sound of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the clarion call to battle, and the promise of His coming! The certain sound is what causes the wall to stand firm on God’s foundation.