This week has been extremely busy. So busy in fact that I’ve managed to lose 2kg over the past week. Today I finally found some time to stuff my face, so I settled for something that is convenient, cheap, and still amazing. Korean Toppoki!
14 “‘They have blown the trumpet, they have made all things ready, but no one will go into battle, for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
15 Outside is the sword; inside are plague and famine. Those in the country will die by the sword; those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague.
16 The fugitives who escape will flee to the mountains. Like doves of the valleys, they will all moan, each for their own sins.
17 Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine.
18 They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. Every face will be covered with shame, and every head will be shaved.
19 “‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath. It will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs, for it has caused them to stumble into sin.
20 They took pride in their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols. They made it into vile images; therefore I will make it a thing unclean for them.
21 I will give their wealth as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, who will defile it.
22 I will turn my face away from the people, and robbers will desecrate the place I treasure. They will enter it and will defile it.
23 “‘Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence.
24 I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated.
25 When terror comes, they will seek peace in vain.
26 Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, priestly instruction in the law will cease, the counsel of the elders will come to an end.
27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standers I will judge them. “‘Then they will know that I am the LORD.'”
The Lord continues to tell of the consequences of the sins of the people. However, focus on the last verse as it summarizes all of the above verses.
“I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them.”
As we read these verses it is possible for us to think that God is being much too harsh, possibly almost evil. It makes us wonder if he actually even loves us. But this verse assures us that he is only allowing us to receive what we deserve. God, because he loves us, is always merciful; however, if we actively choose to sin and go against him, he will remove his mercy and allow us to receive the consequences that we deserve. Sin results in terrible things. Sin results in all the of above verses. Sin results in death.
We must remember what sin is then. Yes, sin is our day to day faults and actions that we do that aren’t “right” according to the Bible. But the sin that truly needs to be taken care of first is our original sin. It is the sin that the Lord hates because it is the root of all other sins. Original sin can be defined as, “The desire to do as one pleases whilst completely ignoring God.”
We tend to want to do as we want. We don’t like being controlled by outside forces. In essence, we want to be our own ‘gods’. That is the root of our sin, that is our original sin. The Israelites began to do as they please. Many years they worshiped idols and defiled every part of their life. God warned them to turn away from their sins, but they disregarded his warnings and continued to do as they please. In the end God allowed their sins to catch up to them so that they repent and recognize yet again that God is the Lord of all things.
Refusing God the respect that he deserves is a dangerous thing. Belittling his power is a dangerous thing. Interpreting, understanding, and doing things however WE want to do them is sure to get us in trouble. Punishment is the most natural, obvious, next step to a wrong-doing. Admit that God is Lord of all. Listen for his words. Follow his instructions. Do as he commands. And he will pour blessings upon blessings on your life.
What’s interesting is that the weather was absolutely perfect just a day prior. What’s also interesting is that it is possible that tomorrow’s weather could be absolutely perfect.
The weather swings from amazing to terrible and back without much warning. Quite the interesting place if you ask me!
16 At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me:
17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”
22 The hand of the LORD was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.”
23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.
24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.
25 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people.
26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.
27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Soverign LORD says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.
God gave Ezekiel a mission–to deliver the message of God to the rebellious people of Israel. To accomplish that mission, God gave Ezekiel the words to speak, the courage to go, and the strength to stand. The only thing left is for Ezekiel to actually go out and do as God asked.
Today’s Christianity has become increasingly selfish. We become Christians to become saved and not to save. We seek God’s help but do not seek to help others. Many of us would answer the question “Why do you believe?” with “To be saved from my sins” or “To go to heaven”. Both of these answers, as you can tell, are focused only on myself. But God’s love and his purpose for us doesn’t just stop there. He wants not only our salvation but the salvation of others and the salvation of others should be our desire as well.
In these verses, God tells Ezekiel that if he does not warn the wicked person or the righteous person that the blame will be on Ezekiel. The consequences of the sin will be on the person who is committing the sin; however, the blame will be on Ezekiel.
God puts people in our lives who don’t believe and need to be saved or believe and have strayed away. As Christians, we are to do our part in attempting to save them from the destruction that sin brings. That does not mean we constantly nag and annoy the person, but it means we pray and deliver the word of God at the time that he gives us the opportunity. Remember, God will provide all the necessary tools, we only need to be obedient.
Christians should be the people that go out and save people. Christians should not be people who tout their salvation and sit on the sidelines doing nothing but watching. Listen for God’s words and then go out and follow his instruction.
Sometimes you just have to have a certain food. It pops up in your mind and never leaves just like that one guest at your parties. No matter how hard you try to forget, you know that the only way to return to peace is to eat the food.
One menu that this is often the case for is Jjajangmyun (짜장면). In Korea this is a delivery food that is very easy to come across, but in Arizona and apparently Beijing, it isn’t so easy.
I wasn’t about to give up though, because neither was my craving. With persistence I was able to discover the restaurant that I’d like to introduce to you today.
The restaurant is located in ULO park, which is a small plaza in south WangJing. Owned by a Korean, it serves food catered to the tastes of Koreans (exactly what I was looking for).
It isn’t fancy by any means, but it is much better than many of the Chinese restaurants that you will commonly see in Beijing. I have heard many good things about this restaurant; however, my mission was to try the 짜장면 (Jjajangmyun). Being one person, it didn’t make sense to order more than that. (Even though my stomach highly disagreed.
I ordered 간짜장 which is Jjajangmyun that doesn’t have water added to it in the frying process. It cost 35RMB which equates to about $6.00.
Post-mixing :D:D:D ..and with kimchi!
It didn’t take me long to eat all of the noodles. The environment of the restaurant is definitely not for those seeking peace and quiet. It is a very busy restaurant that serves many customers, likely a testament to the quality of the food. The servers are running back and forth fulfilling requests, and I can vouch for their service. They refill the side dishes as soon as they are emptied.
Over all this bustling, busy restaurant deserves the praise that it receives. Affordable food, great service, and ample seating provides a good experience for that person looking to satisfy an unwavering craving.