“As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’ And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it. (Ezekiel 33:30-32 ESV)
This is a fascinating description of the people. They have an interest in what Ezekiel has to say. He has been an interesting fellow in the way he has often acted out the Lord’s prophecies. He has gone naked, he has lain on his side, he has cut his hair to be burned or scattered or tucked away, Among others. In any case, the people are interested in what he has to say and have even been discussing him with each other. When it comes time to gather and listen, they come. But they do not heed his words in terms of personal application. All of that discussion and interest does not amount to any change. It is as though their attendance to him and his words have been the equivalent of entertainment. Is this where you are in your view of worship, or with the Bible studies you attend? Are they merely interesting fodder for discussion? Or do they bring life change?