Tag: sacrificing children
Scripture reading for August 22nd: Ezekiel 20-23
Confronting sin in lost people was the job of the prophet and preacher. They faithfully declared what God had spoken plainly to those whose souls were in danger of His eternal wrath. That wrath is happening continually and it is also an eternal thing that will happen to all who die in their sins on the day of judgment. (Romans 1:18-19) (Romans 2:5) God loves each lost person enough to confront him before He judges him. In fact, He has stated that He will not send His wrath without revealing his plan to the prophets. (Amos 3:7) This is part of God’s great mercy that seeks to draw people to repentance.
Ezekiel was told to confront the people of Jerusalem with all of their sins. (Ezekiel 22:1) Sacrificing their children in the fire to the false idols was bringing God’s wrath! Ezekiel pointed out mistreatment of fathers and mothers by children and mistreatment of the alien and orphan as reasons for the coming destruction. The people had despised the holy things and desecrated the Sabbath as a day of worship and rest. (Ezekiel 22:7-8) Adultery, incest, and lewd sexual conduct were hastening the day of wrath! Excessive interest was being charged and people were extorting money from the weak and powerless.
God also confronted the priests who were doing violence to God’s law. They were calling evil, good and good, evil. They did not help people to discern between what was holy and profane. They whitewashed their evil deeds by giving the people false visions and lying divinations. They claimed the the Lord had spoken when He had said nothing of the sort! (Ezekiel 22:26-28) God looked for one man to stand in the gap on behalf of the land so He would not have to destroy it, but found none! (Ezekiel 22:30-31)
In these last days, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to stand in the gap for all lost men and women! God confronted sin on the cross by laying all sin on Jesus Christ, who was the offering for our sins! He now gives all people opportunity to repent and be delivered. His love through the Gospel of Christ brings conviction and salvation to those who will humbly receive it. If you have received God’s grace through Christ, stand in the gap for someone who is in need of His grace! The rewards are eternal!