Ezekiel 18

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“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” (Ezekiel 18:32 ESV)

November 8, 2016

After warning Israel that each individual would be judged for their own sin and that death would be the result, God revealed His heart. He found no pleasure in having to carry out judgment. He warned them, so that they would turn and live. He did not want to them to suffer death. This was the message he gave the prophet Ezekiel to preach, yet Israel would not hear. This is why God sent His Son, that we might turn from our sins in repentance and turn to Him through Christ. For God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

“Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit… I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!” (Ezekiel 18:30-32)

November 8, 2012

God warned Israel through His prophet Ezekiel to repent before their sins destroyed them. Sin = suffering. As when we stick our hand in the fire, our skin blisters, so when we sin, there is pain. The sin itself brings its own judgment and ultimately death. Yet, God in His grace offers a way out through Jesus, His Son. He took sin’s suffering, separation and death, so that we could “Turn back and live!”