vv 14-16 You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Ezekiel is another Hebrew captive, carried away into Babylon. From the outset God warned him about the stubbornness of the people, ‘I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day. They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. ‘ (vv 3-4) He was going to be like a lighthouse standing on some craggy rock, sending out a message to people in mortal danger. He was often ignored and his unique prophetic actions misunderstood. The story of the death of his wife, in chapter 24, is one of the most tragic prophetic action-stories in the Bible.
‘Yet you must not show any sorrow at her death. Do not weep; let there be no tears. Groan silently, but let there be no wailing at her grave. Do not uncover your head or take off your sandals. Do not perform the usual rituals of mourning or accept any food brought to you by consoling friends.”
So I proclaimed this to the people the next morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did everything I had been told to do. Then the people asked, “What does all this mean? What are you trying to tell us?”‘
But Ezekiel went on, beaming out the messages God had given him.
Jesus doesn’t invite us all to be lighthouse messengers, but He does ask to let our good actions speak for Him – and that is within the grasp of us all.