Archive for November 20th, 2013

Ezekiel 9

Ezekiel 9 has the prophet continuing to get a look at what is to come. God gives some specific instruction around what will happen. “And the Lord said to him, Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”  God is seeking those who still have a conscience and understand good and evil.

For those who don’t, their fate is not nearly as good as God instructs those not marked to be killed.  “Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity.”  And God sends them out to kill everyone without the mark. The city is filled with bodies and they are gathered and quite a scene comes from the killing.

Ezekiel is distressed. “And while they were striking, and I was left alone, I fell upon my face, and cried, Ah, Lord God ! Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”  Ezekiel pleads for God not to destroy His people.  Ezekiel is trying to intercede and get between God and His people to save them.

But God can’t just ignore how they are living and the choices for evil and disobedience they have made.  “As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”  God’s very character and nature does not allow Him to tolerate or look past sin. He must deal with it, both in Ezekiel’s time and in ours. It won’t be overlooked. There is a penalty and price for sin. Thankfully Jesus went to the cross to be the atonement for sin if we enter into a personal saving relationship with Him. Have you done that?  We are in the same boat as these Israelites without Christ.

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