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04 September 2009

Scripture:

30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. 31 So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them in the fire of my anger. I will heap on them the full penalty for all their sins, says the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 22:30-31 NLT)

I didn’t enjoy reading from Ezekiel and Revelation today. The entire reading is about the inevitability of judgment when sin goes un-repented until it’s too late. Ezekiel identifies Judah’s sin as adultery and murder – adultery of idol worship leading to unrestrained promiscuous sex among God’s people, and murder of the innocent as the ultimate expression of selfishness. The antithesis of Loving God and Loving People.

John saw it this way, 20 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to turn from their evil deeds. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that neither see nor hear nor walk! 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21 NLT)

The last straw, the thing that finally brings God to the point of pouring out judgment is idolatry (spiritual adultery) and murder (abusing others instead of serving others).

Today’s reading is pretty graphic. I don’t enjoy reading it and seeing the images it projects in my mind. I don’t enjoy thinking about suffering and judgment. Thank God for his amazing grace that forgives sin and restores people. God told Ezekiel that he couldn’t find anyone to effectively communicate the message to the people – the message of impending judgment and the possibility of forgiveness.

I sat in my chair this morning and examined my heart for the seeds of sins of idolatry (spiritual adultery) and murder (abusing others instead of serving others.)

Prayer:

Father, please cleanse me from spiritual adultery and self-serving attitudes and behavior. Create in me a heart that loves God and loves people. Help me to be one you can use to lovingly warn the people of judgment and introduce them to the hope of forgiveness and redemption. Amen.

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