Ezekiel 33: 12 -20
“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’ 13 When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die. 14 Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, 15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.
17 “Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair! 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. 19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it. 20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”
“…The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair!…” Do we hear this today? The grumbling and complaining, the pointing of fingers, the lack of responsibility. A phrase that seems to go along with this is: “It’s not my fault.” Blame goes in all directions away from the individual speaking. Will this be judged? God’s Word is true and just. It does not fail. On which side of the coin would we like to be? Obedience to His commands, or disobedience with the complaining and lack that come with it?
Obey or disobey, all of humanity’s living or dying flows from this. Who will judge, man or God? Have we obeyed or not? Obedience brings life, disobedience brings death. We are judged, not by each other but by the one, the only one, who has the power to destroy the soul, which lives for eternity. And that would be God. – Jesus
“..Luke 12:5 “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!…”
Obedience that flows from love, love of the Master and love for our fellow humanity will ensure life. When we stand before God, and we will, he will look for the blood of Christ upon us and our obedience to his commands. When we love in this way in is not difficult to obey because it becomes what we want to do!
“…Matthew 7:21-24 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:…”
Jesus was the supreme example of obedience – even to the cross. Thankfully, his obedience brings redemption to those who embrace the cross. Embracing the cross is taking on Christ and so we are changed to righteousness in him and obedience will flow. When others look at us and our words and actions, do they see Jesus? Search our hearts, O Lord, and know our thoughts.
“…Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!…”
May we see Jesus in each other, the righteousness of God, not man. May we follow His teachings, not man’s.
“… whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, …” – Jesus.
by Maranatha Singers