Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
|Ezekiel 18:1-32 KJV
(1) The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
(2) What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
(3) As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
(4) Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
(5) But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,
(6) And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,
(7) And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;
(8) He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,
(9) Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.
(10) If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,
(11) And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife,
(12) Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
(13) Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
(14) Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,
(15) That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife,
(16) Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,
(17) That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.
(18) As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.
(19) Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
(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?
(24) But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
(25) Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
(26) When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
(27) Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
(28) Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
(29) Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
(30) Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
(31) Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
(32) For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
Sin leads to destruction. Without repentance eternal life will be in eternal lake of fire a place of eternal torment. No one can live with guilt forever. Guilt either causes you to fall on your knees or causes you to sin more because of running away and trying to hide from God. Adam and Eve when they sinned hide from God. As generation came and went and sin became a problem for Adam and Eveís offspring they would do it openly not even caring to cover it up. Hezekiah was a king that sinned in the eyes of the Lord, but He was also a king that was not afraid to repent when called on his transgressions. Yet what more disturbing about the King Hezekiah in Jewish history is his understanding his own action could effect future generation and he had no care that it did. As a ruler he would be in pain of guilt every night if his power was used to sin. See the power of guilt is to conviction of both the Holy Spirit and one justification of right and wrong. Every leader that made mistakes in office would never deal well with his mistakes, unless he learn all had sinned and fall short of the glory of God. President Trump will make mistakes in office just like every President before him. Yet, he might not be able to fix every mistake he made but he can repent and be done with the error of his ways.
Does our sin effect us? Sin effects our eternity as well as it effects not only our sub conscious but it can effect our entire life. Without turning from sin one is doomed, yet it is Godís grace and Godís mercy that if any man calls on his name He will be saved if he will turn from his sin and/ backslidden ways. Main thing repentance the running way from sin or turning from sin. Some people go through periods of sinning for season but it is short lived. Others choose sin over obeying God.
Several sins in this passage that pointed out that God is not pleased with would be sin of lusting/ coveting a neighbors wife, idolatry, thievery, and even oppressing the poor. Did you know these were sins or did you just find out. God needs not to give you a long list, only convict your heart of sin by His Spirit and by His Word. To show you the error, so you can adjust your life accordingly. Yet just adjusting oneís life is not enough. One needs to ask God forgiveness and receive Jesus the Word God before the New Testament and the Word of God in flesh in the New Testament, as well as Godís word. The disciples rebuked Jesus more then once on the way to cross and through out his ministry only to repent of their sin later. They learn to trust in Jesus and his word that it was true. Eternal life was for all that would believer and repent from sin.
Where are you this morning? Are you ready to turn from sin? God is the same, yesterday and forever. God is waiting on you to look to His redemption plan through His Word/Son Jesus, who died on the cross for yours and mine sin. Receive and repent of your sins today. Pray this prayer with me for your salvation.
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me of all my sins, help me to trust and believe in your word. I receive your Son Jesus has the salvation of my soul and I will put my trust in you all the day of my life, in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:James 1:15-22 KJV
(15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
(16) Do not err, my beloved brethren.
(17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
(18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
(19) Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
(20) For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
(21) Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
(22) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.