Untempered Mortar

October 27, 2012

Untempered Mortar

            Perhaps you ask. “What’s untempered mortar?” If we go to the Bible, in Ezekiel 13:10-15, we will find it mentioned.  “Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar: Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.  So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, 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.  Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it.”

It appears that fraudulent workmen sometimes laid up walls with a very weak mixture of mortar.  When houses are build with bricks it’s extremely important that the right mixture of cement and sand be used.  The walls are plastered also with cement.  The word “daubed” used here might imply that it just applies to the mixture used for the plaster.  However, verse 11 says that the entire wall is in danger of falling when the rain and hail come.  If the proper mixture is used between the bricks, the wall should still stand even though the plaster falls.

The prophet says that, in like manner, false prophets were offering the people a religion that would not stand the tests.  He says they were deceiving the people saying “peace; and there was no peace.”  The offer of peace gets people’s attention.  Everyone wants peace.  Even in our day religious leaders talk much of peace.  Most often they refer to world peace.  Of course we want peace in the world, but of much greater value is peace in the inner man.  It comes by being at peace with God and those around us.  False religious leaders don’t talk much about this peace.  The Apostle Peter spoke of them when he said “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error”  (II Peter 2:18).

It’s unfortunate that so many people put their confidence in religions that are like walls laid up with untempered mortar.  Their religion appears to them to be genuine and worthy of trust.  It may be that it has a long history.  Some take confidence in the great number of its followers.  They say, “Surely they can’t all be wrong.”  Others are consoled by the wealth that has been accumulated by the denominational headquarters.  There are often a great number of offices occupied by educated men with impressive titles.

Sometimes they are troubled by criticism they hear against their religion.  The criticism comes from people in other religions that appear to have the same impressive credentials.  To calm their troubled minds they accept the oft repeated refrain that says, “All religions are good.  There is no reason for leaving yours to go to another one.”  Others cite Bible verses in an attempt to persuade them that they are in the wrong religion.  To counteract them they say, “Yes, but it all depends on your interpretation of the Bible.”  Sometimes they turn them off by calling them fanatics that like to find fault.

The religion daubed with untempered mortar may serve well until the storms come.  Verse 11 says the wall will fall when the driving rains and hail come.  This speaks of the trials of life.  Sooner or later they always come.  These religions serve well to facilitate people’s pride of life, but they give little consolation to a broken heart.  If we don’t have a close personal relationship with God before trials come, it will be hard to develop one in the midst of them.

God hates walls made with untempered mortar.  He pronounces his judgment against them in verses 13-15 of Ezekiel chapter 13.  A false religion keeps people from having the relationship with him that he wants to have with us.  What God offers us is a relationship, not a religion.  I can’t imagine the severity that false prophets will suffer in hell.  Verse 15 says that God will accomplish his wrath upon the wall and upon those who have daubed it.

Where have you placed your trust for your eternal well being?  May God have mercy on you if you are trusting in a religion and not in a personal relationship with God.  John 1:12 says that God wants to receive you as one of his sons.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  This verse speaks of a personal relationship.  Your religion may be impressive and make you feel good, but it won’t take you to heaven when you die.  Isaiah 55:6-11 says “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.    For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  After you die it will be too late to do that.  II Corinthians 6:2 says “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

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