Daily Devotion on Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Devotion Text:  Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Can you hear it? Can you hear the tolling of the death knell? The words ring fear in our ears: The soul who sins is the one who will die.

God can’t be more clear. If you sin, then you will die. There is no limit set, there is no severity establish–“If you sin more than 10 times a day . . . If you murder or rob a bank . . . then you will die.” No! The person who sins in any amount in any way will die.

This is the thundering truth of what we call God’s law. God demands that we obey him with absolute perfection. He is the Creator, and we are his creatures. The Creator expects obedience from his creatures. If there is not obedience, then there are consequences–punishment in the form of death and hell. The soul who sins is the one who will die.

It sends a shiver down our spine as we consider the thoughts that have run through our minds, the words that have crossed our lips, and the actions that our limbs and extremities have performed. We have sinned. This means we will die physically  and should die eternally!

God is very clear through Ezekiel to his Israelite people here. And even if they (or we) should question God’s fairness, God declares, Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? Indeed, the Lord is right. We have sinned. We are unjust. We do deserve death.

Yet while we tremble before the God of all justice, we also rejoice that he is the God of all grace. For God in his mercy also says, I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! God’s gracious desire is that those who sin not die but live. And our gracious God doesn’t just desire that we live, he made it possible for us!

Jesus carried our sin and was counted as a sinner (though he was innocent). Jesus took our punishment of death that we deserve. Then Jesus rose to prove that he conquered sin and death and prove that we also can live.

So we repent. We repent of big sins and small sins, overt sins and covert sins. And so, we will not die. We will live. We will live through our faith in our Savior from sin, Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!

Prayer:  Sovereign Lord and righteous God, I confess to you my many wrongs and sins. I understand I deserve your punishment and wrath against sin. But I fall before you giving thanks and praise that you are also a loving and gracious God. Through the work of your Son, I have been given what I don’t deserve–forgiveness, life, and salvation. Give me the strength to live according to your will, and fill me with the joy of your salvation. I pray in the name of your Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

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Posted on October 17, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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