Ezekiel 18: What God Takes No Pleasure In

(32 verses, 3:47 to read)

LISTEN & READ

What I am about to Read

  • The Lord takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but desires all turn to Him and live.

MARK & LEARN

  • 1-9: The reading begins with an accusation against God: “God only treats the sons a certain way because of the fathers.”  There is truth to this.  God’s blessings come quite often in a communal way, most especially through families.  However, the rest of the reading will focus on an individuals accountability to God.  Notice the consistent use of the singulars nouns and pronouns: “the soul,” “a man” and “he.”  There will be no, “But they ….deserved it, brought this upon me, caused me to act this way, etc.” excuse heard on the Day of Judgment.
  • 10-20: This is fantastic news for those whom the Lord has brought to the Christian faith through means other than through the parents.  Perhaps this seems to be an obvious conclusion for us because we are so individualistic.  But this is crazy, great, surprising news to most of the world and to most of human history who have recognized that we are created to be in community.  This section answers the question, “Can God bless me despite my family’s lack of repentance in faith and holy living?”  The promise is that He will as you live a life of repentance and faith.
  • 21-29:  No one can believe for another.  Living in community of family and church, the confession of the Creed must still begin with, “I believe.”
    • vs. 23 is one of the most comforting passages for you to read when praying for those family and friends outside of the faith.  It answers and re-answers  your doubts as you ask, “What does God want for those that I love so much?” with a recognition that He loves them even more and desires their repentance, is sending His Word and Spirit to soften their hearts, and is hearing your prayers for them.
    • vs. 25 begins a bit of a different section in which the accusation, “God is unfair.  God is unjust.” is answered.
  • 30-32: Two important summary statements:
    • “I-will-judge-you.”  God is our Judge and it’s good to be reminded of that.
    •  32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

MEDITATE

  • Over and over again, Scripture commands holy living and declares that we will be judged.  Over and over again, Scripture promises that it is repentance of sins and faith in Jesus, who was judged for your sins, that God gives life and life eternal.
  • For the sake of Jesus, hear this promise again: “None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him (vs. 22).”
Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below, or join the conversation in our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailybiblemeditation/ or if reading on facebook, check out the blog: https://rightlydividedbible.wordpress.com/
Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC
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