Day 227 –
Do you bear the mark?
Ezekiel 9:3-6 “Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary. So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.”
God spoke to this man clothed in linen and told him to go through the “Holy City” to place a mark on the heads of those who were obedient to him. The next words He were pretty harsh, follow him through the city and kill. But God wasn’t telling anyone to kill those with the mark, but instead, anyone who didn’t bear the mark. This mark, you see, would bring salvation to those that had it.
Before this God had used a mark in Egypt at the great Exodus when He asked His People to place the blood of the lamb over their doors so that the spirit of death would pass over them. This mark of the blood was for the salvation of the Israelites in Egypt.
Most recently, a mere 2000 years ago, God once again used a mark to save His people, this time it would be the blood of a “Man” that was pure and Holy. This “Man” wasn’t just any man, He was the Son of God. For it is by Jesus’ blood that those that believe in Him as Lord and Savior are Marked and Saved.
This most recent Mark that believers bear may look different from the other marks God has given, but it is only one that can never be taken away and flows through our bodies for only His eyes to see.
Every once in a while, I like to think God still places physical marks on some that he has a special plan for.
Like Jesus bore the marks on his hands from where the nails pierced Him, Hayden had a mark on His forehead, where I told him the angel kissed Him. The same mark lays on Hayden’s best friend, a reminder of their special bond. And I believe my God son, Jacob, received one as an answer to my prayer.
These marks are gifts, reminders, that say, “I AM” with you, I will never leave you or forsake you. Just like Jesus’ mark is felt in our heart, a mark that declares we are His and our allegiance is to Him, Our God.
Only a few may bear a physical mark, but we all have the opportunity to choose the Eternal Mark. So Choose Jesus, be Saved, and be Marked!