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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
God's Warning Is Love

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 7:1-27 KJV
(1) Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(2) Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.
(3) Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.
(4) And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
(5) Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.
(6) An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.
(7) The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.
(8) Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.
(9) And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.
(10) Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.
(11) Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.
(12) The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
(13) For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
(14) They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
(15) The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
(16) But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.
(17) All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.
(18) They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.
(19) They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
(20) As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.
(21) And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.
(22) My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.
(23) Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
(24) Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.
(25) Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
(26) Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.
(27) The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Is it love to tell a child that the stove is hot? Is it love to tell a child not to ride his bike in the middle of the road? Is it love to warn your child of danger lurking in his path if he does not change? It is more love to warn then to try and prevent. As the warning of the mother calls to her son watch where you going right before he trips over the bump in his path. Godís warnings are not to be taken lightly. God warns of danger if oneís ways do not change. The fact is God loves his children, and desires to heal their land. Yet God is not going to heal until one repents. God is going to stop judgment as long as sin abounds. In fact God is going to be like the mother telling of how hot that stove is right before the child gets burnt.

Through out the New Testament the day of judgment is talked about as a thief in the night. It talked about as hope of eternity with Christ. The believers hope is not one of destruction. New Testament is talking to the believer of time to come of Godís wrath, but of the hope of all believers. Jesus and Israel had gone through the exile, and in some ways still in exile, because the laws of their land were not there own. Israel still had to bow to Rome. Yet Jesus preached hope.

Godís wrath spoken in this chapter of the effects of abandonment of the land of a people taken in captivity. The loss of gold and silver by armies looters that would take it, along with any other thing the people had that was of value back to their king. They would enslave the people and take them back to the king as well. Fate on the children of Israel that refuse to fear God was going to see the judgment that was coming against them, because they refuse to obey God.

This judgment has no hope of deliverance in it. In fact in only speaks of destruction and God turning away. Yet the remnant of people left after those killed and so forth by the sword, would find themselves in sackcloth and in mourning and grieving as they head toward the judgment of their fate in the hands of the enemy, whether it be destruction or enslavement.

Why does God warn his people, those He loves? The same reason a mother tells her child that the stove is hot, drugs are bad, and donít become alcoholic. It is more loving to warn then to never say a word. It is more loving to tell of the wrath of God then to never preach about judgment. The old fashion preacher of days gone by are sorely in need in our country. It the glitter of love without speaking of Godís wrath is like oil without fat. Looks kind of clear, but really it as dangerous as oil with fat you can not see through. If you sugar coat Godís wrath you going to have people with a lack of fear of a God that can cause destruction. Yet to preach Godís wrath and to say all destruction is Godís wrath is not so either.

If I take a piano out a window with a crane, only to accidently drop it from the air, was it judgment God or a stupid act of those walking under it that brought their death. Not all bad things are Godís fault. Godís judgment was coming because of the problems of the nation of Israel was having with their own people. The people bring the judgment of God on themselves by walking in the ways of the devil. The judgment is only a warning that can be stopped, but only if Godís people will turn to him. The judgment will come to Israel even if there repentance among some of the people. The reason being not enough repentance and a strong military force that would take an act of God to defeat it. God is not against doing the impossible miracle, why do you think Christ return is so important to the believer, they hope Christ will return before the judgment of their land by the human kings of the earth.

For the believer today the hope is in Jesus to save them not only from their sins, but the wrath of God. Are you willing to repent today. Are you willing to allow God to change the judgment to being in the protection of the Lord Almighty.

Dear Heavenly Father, please, never stop warning your children of harm, give them them that hope of protection through out eternity. Your grace is sufficient for all our needs. Thank you for your grace and hope that come through Christ Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Matthew 24:27-31 KJV
(27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
(29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
(30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


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