2 And He said to me: “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city,3 who say, “The time is not near to build houses; this city is the caldron, and we are the meat.’4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man!” 5 Then the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! “Thus says the LORD: “Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind.6 You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.”7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron; but I shall bring you out of the midst of it.8 You have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you,” says the Lord GOD.9 “And I will bring you out of its midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and execute judgments on you.10 You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
The Old Testament prophets prominently trumpeted the theme of God’s judgement to the nations. Ezekiel is no different in this respect as his prophecy foretells the judgement and exile of Judah. A familiar pattern emerges in these prophecies and is apparent in the Bible passage for this week. An examination of this sequence is in order.
First, God reveals the sin of His people (or that nation receiving the judgement). The Lord lays out His case against them in no uncertain terms. The Almighty reveals what sin is in the New Testament age as well in passages such as Romans 3, Hebrews 2:2, 1 John 3:4, and James 4:17. People may not believe the Lord, but, they can’t say they weren’t warned.
Also, God confronts sin in His people. He sent prophets who preached and warned the people. The Lord gave messages to Ezekiel and others and commanded them to write them down. Yahweh safeguarded these message of judgement and preserved them so that future generations could be cautioned about going astray. Our Lord not only reveals sin, He confronts people and calls them to repent. God lovingly comes against sin so that people will repent and turn to Christ for salvation.
Finally, God judges sin when nations fail to turn away from their transgressions. God is patient and kind. He gives people space to repent and return to the Lord. If they to do not turn, however, the judgment will inevitably fall and will be swift and fierce.
As Christians, let us be glad that Christ was judged in our place. Our Savior absorbed the wrath of the Father upon the cross and paid the price for our redemption and the penalty for our sins. All who believe in Jesus and are saved and spared from the wrath of God forever.
If you are an unbeliever, will you believe in Christ and trust in His death and resurrection for the forgiveness of your sin? Be saved today and be spared the judgement of God. An eternity with Jesus awaits all who will believe on His name!
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