Lessons from Ezekiel

Ezekiel chapter 18

“20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die: saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? ….. 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

 

God has given us each free will. He gives us the choice of whether to live for Him or ourselves, whether to die in our sins and go to hell at our physical death; or whether to repent of our sins and spend eternity with him in heaven. Our choice.

But these verses make it clear that there are consequences for the lives we lead. We will each have to answer for what we have done in this life, whether good or bad.

In the following chapters Ezekiel goes on to show that not only do individuals have a choice to make, nations have the same choice to make, with similar consequences.

Chapter 20:

“13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. 14 But I wrought for my name’s sake that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. 15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 16 because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes: for their heart went after their idols. 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. 18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statues of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: 19 I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20 And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.”

Nations that turn their back on the One True Living God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth will eventually face the judgment of a Holy and Just God.

They, too, will have to face the consequences of their actions.

We are now living in a nation that has collectively turned their backs on our Creator. We have allowed the murder of millions of innocent babies. We have allowed sexual sin to run rampant through our movies, television shows, and even in the courts. We have turned our disagreements into violence and anarchy, attacking each other when we should be loving each other.

We have defined what is sin in God’s eyes as a woman‘s right to choose, equal rights and freedom of speech.

We have taken what is righteous in God’s eyes and now call it oppression, bigotry, racism, and hatred.

God is merciful, patient and longsuffering; but He is also Holy and Just.  Eventually His judgment will be forthcoming.

So, what can we do?

Ezekiel 22:30 & 31 says “30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them: I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.”

We must stand in that gap before the Lord God and pray for this nation of ours before it is too late.

 

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2017

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What I Believe – Things Past

THINGS PAST

I believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and was given by inspiration of God.  I believe it is to be used for correction and instruction; to equip man to do God’s work.  [II Timothy 3:16-17]

I believe that God exists in three Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit [Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 3:16-17].  I believe these three are one God.  [John 1:1-2; Galatians 4:4-6; I John 5:7]

I believe God is eternal, from eternity past to eternity future  [Isaiah 48:16; 57:15; Psalm 90:2; John 1:1-2]

I believe that God created the universe [Genesis 1:1; John 1:3-4; Hebrews 2:10]

I believe that because of the sin of Adam and Eve, that all of mankind is born into a sinful nature.  [Genesis 3; Romans 5]

The penalty of that sin is death.  [Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23]

Because of that sin, we are not righteous and fall short of God’s glory. [Romans 3:10, 12, 23]

I believe God is Holy [Leviticus 11:44-45; Psalm 99:5,9; I Peter 1:16]

Because God is holy, He cannot tolerate sin, which means we will not be accepted into Heaven without a payment for our sin. [Ephesians 5:5-6; Revelation 22:14-15]

I believe that without the shedding of blood their can be no atonement for sin. [Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22]

I believe that, because of His love for man, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to take the penalty for our sins on Himself. [John 3:16; Romans 5:8]

I believe that through the shedding of His blood, Jesus made the perfect atonement for our sin.  [Romans 3:24-25, 5:8; Hebrews 7:19-28I Peter 3:18]

I believe Jesus was born of a virgin. [Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1] I believe He lived a sinless life [II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:26] as both God and man.  [Isaiah 9:6; Luke 3:38; John 1:1, 14 & 18; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 2:9-18]

I believe He was crucified, died and rose again the third day. [Matthew 27:1-28:19; Mark 15:1-16:20; Luke 23:1-24:53; John 19:1-20:31]

I believe that He later ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. [Mark 16:19-20; Hebrews 1:3; I Peter 3:22]

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012; 2016