“It’s not fair…God is not just…” — He … WILL … judge.

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.”

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“…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

Sound the alarm…!

Ezekiel 33:1-11

Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’

7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

10 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?” ’ 11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

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Blow the trumpet in Zion!  O watchman sound the alarm!

“…he blows the trumpet and warns the people,…”

We are given the word to warn,

“…warn them for Me….”

we choose to share what the Lord has given us to know and understand.

“…you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me….”

Are we faithful?  Warn our land, be faithful to execute the word of the Lord!

“…if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; …”

There is redemption, there is forgiveness if we choose to accept the word given to us of a Christ who died for our sins and offers a life free of judgment’s penalty.  How then can we live?  We can live according to his Word in obedience to his commands; love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.  It is not his will that any suffer, but that they turn from their ways.

“…As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, …”

Be found faithful, sound the alarm, live the life that other’s may see Christ in you, Blow the trumpet of salvation.

 

Blow the trumpet in Zion

they rush on the city

they run on the wall

Great is the army that carries out His Word

The Lord utters His Voice

before His army

Blow the trumpet in Zion

Sound the alarm on my holy mountain

Judgment calls…the unborn cry…blood is shed…

Ezekiel 32: 28-32

Yes, you shall be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised,

​​And lie with those slain by the sword.

29 ​​“There is Edom,

​​Her kings and all her princes,

​​Who despite their might

​​Are laid beside those slain by the sword;

​​They shall lie with the uncircumcised,

​​And with those who go down to the Pit.

30 ​​There are the princes of the north,

​​All of them, and all the Sidonians,

​​Who have gone down with the slain

​​In shame at the terror which they caused by their might;

​​They lie uncircumcised with those slain by the sword,

​​And bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.

31 ​​“Pharaoh will see them

​​And be comforted over all his multitude,

​​Pharaoh and all his army,

​​Slain by the sword,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.

32 ​​“For I have caused My terror in the land of the living;

​​And he shall be placed in the midst of the uncircumcised

​​With those slain by the sword,

​​Pharaoh and all his multitude,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.

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The past three days of reading from chapter 32 in Ezekiel are driving home the impression that there’s a lot of company in the place of judgment.  The reference to those who lie with the uncircumcised is seen as a reference to all who maintain their position outside the company of believers.

“…They shall lie with the uncircumcised,

​​And with those who go down to the Pit….”

Circumcision was a sign given to confirm the contract, or covenant, between God and humanity.  A contract that said God would provide, protect and perpetuate his people in return for their allegiance.

“…Genesis 17:7-10  “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.  And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This [is] My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised;…”

When they turn away from God it is seen as breaking the covenant and God continues to offer the privilege of a relationship with him but the second party has chosen to reject it.  At that point they face judgment.  They are no longer privileged to receive redemption from the consequences of sin.  Uncircumcised is used in the new testament to identify those who reject Christ, they are outside the circle of believers, it is the circumcision of the heart that identifies us as heirs with Christ of God’s redemption and relationship.

“…Romans 2:29 but [he is] a Jew who [is one] inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise [is] not from men but from God….”

There is no hope for the uncircumcised of the heart.  There is no hope for those who refuse the existence and provision of their Creator.

On another note, a sword is a type of knife and it is used here to kill and destroy.  Each nation fell in layers of time one upon the other as they refused to honor the God who created them.

“… ​​“There is Edom…​​There are the princes of the north,  ​​All of them, and all the Sidonians,…There [is] Elam and all her multitude,…There [is] Elam and all her multitude,…Assyria [is] there, and all her company,…Pharaoh and all his multitude,”…”

Today the knife is used to kill and maim the innocent; we are fast approaching the point where more are killed through abortion than the number of those who fall and have fallen by war.

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/17/12 6:44 PM:  the Roe v. Wade decision that has resulted in more than 55 million abortions.  According to Guttmacher Institute: From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions occurred.  (Note the statistics stop at 2008) http://www.lifenews.com/2012/04/17/mitt-romney-repeats-call-for-overturning-roe-v-wade/

Military deaths: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war Less than 55 million.

Will our nation escape the judgment these nations suffered?  It is hard to look at the numbers of innocent babies, the amount of innocent blood that is shed daily in our land.  We have the options and tools of prayer, voice and for a time, government to change that.  Will we commit to action or find ourselves caught up in the coming judgment of a God who says “Enough!”?  We have a personal promise of redemption but we live among the dead walking.  Let us join others in prayer for our nation’s sin.  If my people…

“…2Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land….” 

Are we called by his name?  Will we humble ourselves and pray?  Will we seek His face?  Will we turn from our wicked ways?  Then He will hear and will forgive and will heal.  We are in the 40 days to the election, we are in 40 years of killing the unborn child; 55 million + abortions.  Can we spend 40 days “in our wilderness” fasting, praying, whatever the Lord leads us to do?  Can we corporately band together in unity to seek the face of God for healing in our land?

Judgment?…or forgiveness?

Ezekiel 32:17-28

It came to pass also in the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

18 ​​“Son of man, wail over the multitude of Egypt,

​​And cast them down to the depths of the earth,

​​Her and the daughters of the famous nations,

​​With those who go down to the Pit:

19 ​‘​Whom do you surpass in beauty?

​​Go down, be placed with the uncircumcised.’

20 ​​“They shall fall in the midst of those slain by the sword;

​​She is delivered to the sword,

​​Drawing her and all her multitudes.

21 ​​The strong among the mighty

​​Shall speak to him out of the midst of hell

​​With those who help him:

​‘​They have gone down,

​​They lie with the uncircumcised, slain by the sword.’

22 ​​“Assyria is there, and all her company,

​​With their graves all around her,

​​All of them slain, fallen by the sword.

23 ​​Her graves are set in the recesses of the Pit,

​​And her company is all around her grave,

​​All of them slain, fallen by the sword,

​​Who caused terror in the land of the living.

24 ​​“There is Elam and all her multitude,

​​All around her grave,

​​All of them slain, fallen by the sword,

​​Who have gone down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth,

​​Who caused their terror in the land of the living;

​​Now they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.

25 ​​They have set her bed in the midst of the slain,

​​With all her multitude,

​​With her graves all around it,

​​All of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword;

​​Though their terror was caused

​​In the land of the living,

​​Yet they bear their shame

​​With those who go down to the Pit;

​​It was put in the midst of the slain.

26 ​​“There are Meshech and Tubal and all their multitudes,

​​With all their graves around it,

​​All of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword,

​​Though they caused their terror in the land of the living.

27 ​​They do not lie with the mighty

​​Who are fallen of the uncircumcised,

​​Who have gone down to hell with their weapons of war;

​​They have laid their swords under their heads,

​​But their iniquities will be on their bones,

​​Because of the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

28 ​​Yes, you shall be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised,

​​And lie with those slain by the sword.

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The phrase, ‘those who live by the sword shall fall by the sword’ comes to mind.  Those who ‘spread terror in the land of the living—-went down to the grave, in shame, with their weapons of war.

“…they caused their terror in the land of the living….”

“…​​All around her grave,

​​All of them slain, fallen by the sword,…”

“…Who have gone down to hell with their weapons of war;…”

The Lord will act justly, will avenge the deaths of the innocent.

“…you shall be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised,

​​And lie with those slain by the sword….”

There is forgiveness for those who will accept it.  There is judgment and death for those who won’t.

Another Award Post

Wednesday, September 26, 2012                                        

10:10 AM

I am honored.  A thank you to Holly from  Holly Michael’s Writing Straight  for the Reader’s Appreciation Award.  For those who enjoy the inspiration from great photography a visit to her blog is a must.

The rules for this award are: Post seven interesting things about yourself, Nominate 5 people who in turn will post on their page the award with the link to the giver, Let them know about the nomination. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

Instead of seven things about myself, here’s seven of my favorite musical statements, which should tell something about me. ( Borrowing this from you, Holly.)

1.  I have personalized this verse:

I delight in the law of the Lord

and in this law I meditate day and night

I am like the tree planted by streams of water

it yields fruit in season, its leaf does not wither

all that I do will prosper.

2. Oh God,  You are my God

And I will ever praise You

Oh God, You are my God

And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning

And I will learn to walk in Your ways

And step by step You’ll lead me

And I will follow You all of my days  – Rich Mullens  http://youtu.be/yF2pSvB-ztI

3. When I am down and, oh my  soul, so weary;

When troubles come and my heart burdened be;

Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,

Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;

You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;

I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;

You raise me up: To more than I can be. – Selah  http://youtu.be/2DorNUsi5LE

4. Kyrie Eleison, Lord God Have Mercy

Have mercy on me o God in your goodness

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

Christe Eleison Christ have Mercy – ?  I have it done by Integrity Worship Singers and could not find it online.

5.  At the foot of the cross

Where grace and suffering meet

You have shown me Your love

Through the judgment You received

And You’ve won my heart

Yes You’ve won my heart

Now I can

Trade these ashes in for beauty

And wear forgiveness like a crown

Coming to kiss the feet of mercy

I lay every burden down

At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross

Where I am made complete

You have given me life

Through the death You bore for me

I’m laying every burden down

I’m laying every burden down – Kathryn Scott  http://youtu.be/F359YqwKyk4

6.  He hath shown  thee

Oh man

What is good and what the Lord requires of thee

But to do justly

And to love mercy

And to walk humbly with thy God. — Maranatha Singers, Micah 6:8  http://youtu.be/CIJIqwCIPcw

7.  Open the eyes of my heart Lord,

Open the eyes of my heart,

I want to see You. I want to see You.

To see You high and lifted up,

Shining in the light of Your glory.

Pour out Your power and love,

As we sing holy, holy, holy.

Holy, holy holy. Holy, holy, holy.

Holy, holy, holy, I want to see You. – Paul Baloche  http://youtu.be/qPzrXxnKoSQ

And now I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award:

  1. Greenlightlady  http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/cat-calling/  a blog combining pics and story with scripture to present a powerful message.
  2. WatermyflowersLord http://watermyflowerslord.wordpress.com/    Water my flowers Lord  a blog that encourages and inspires.  SR
  3. A miniature clay pot   http://aminiatureclaypot.wordpress.com/  a blog by a women who was in the theatre in Colorado that was shot up by a gunman.       Mary with a smile.
  4. Biltrix  http://biltrix.com/   Biltrix a group of five writing for Catholic evangelism and in the fight against abortion.
  5. Adoptingjames http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com/   a blog written by someone who wants to adopt and for those who have or are adopted.  Some really good reading here.

Finally I want to thank Holly Michael’s Writing Straight  again for this nomination.  gracie

Judgment is real…

Ezekiel 32:9-16

I will also trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries which you have not known. 10 Yes, I will make many peoples astonished at you, and their kings shall be horribly afraid of you when I brandish My sword before them; and they shall tremble every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of your fall.’

11 “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you. 12 By the swords of the mighty warriors, all of them the most terrible of the nations, I will cause your multitude to fall.

​‘​They shall plunder the pomp of Egypt,

​​And all its multitude shall be destroyed.

13 ​​Also I will destroy all its animals

​​From beside its great waters;

​​The foot of man shall muddy them no more,

​​Nor shall the hooves of animals muddy them.

14 ​​Then I will make their waters clear,

​​And make their rivers run like oil,’

​​Says the Lord GOD.

15 ​‘​When I make the land of Egypt desolate,

​​And the country is destitute of all that once filled it,

​​When I strike all who dwell in it,

​​Then they shall know that I am the LORD.

16 ​‘​This is the lamentation

​​With which they shall lament her;

​​The daughters of the nations shall lament her;

​​They shall lament for her, for Egypt,

​​And for all her multitude,’

​​Says the Lord GOD.”

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“…I will also trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries which you have not known. …”

This is a reminder to not take lightly the judgment of the Lord and it is heard over and over  in Ezekiel.  The pictures painted are not beautiful.

“…When I make the land of Egypt desolate,

​​And the country is destitute of all that once filled it,…”

Pictures of judgment  for blatant disrespect of God are never pretty.

But it is wise to remember they are more than pictures;  in a world that wants to deny even reality, they are real.  It’s sad that something is not seen as real until it is personal and today even that is questioned.  Believers, let’s be grateful for the reality of the cross and its redemption.  Let’s not tire of sharing that reality with our world.

Lamenting sin’s destruction…

Ezekiel 32:1-8

And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him:

​‘​You are like a young lion among the nations,

​​And you are like a monster in the seas,

​​Bursting forth in your rivers,

​​Troubling the waters with your feet,

​​And fouling their rivers.’

3 “Thus says the Lord GOD:

​‘​I will therefore spread My net over you with a company of many people,

​​And they will draw you up in My net.

4 ​​Then I will leave you on the land;

​​I will cast you out on the open fields,

​​And cause to settle on you all the birds of the heavens.

​​And with you I will fill the beasts of the whole earth.

5 ​​I will lay your flesh on the mountains,

​​And fill the valleys with your carcass.

6 ​‘​I will also water the land with the flow of your blood,

​​Even to the mountains;

​​And the riverbeds will be full of you.

7 ​​When I put out your light,

​​I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark;

​​I will cover the sun with a cloud,

​​And the moon shall not give her light.

8 ​​All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you,

​​And bring darkness upon your land,’

​​Says the Lord GOD.

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We don’t hear much anymore about how God feels toward sin.

“…When I put out your light,…”

This is a lament for those who became so proud they denied God and claimed their achievements as the result of their own doing without the help of a Creator.  In this poem we can hear the utter distaste God holds for pride and rejection.

“…you are like a monster in the seas,

​​Bursting forth in your rivers,

​​Troubling the waters with your feet,

​​And fouling their rivers.’…”

He passes judgment and clears the land of the influence of sin upon mankind.  God has not changed, but thankfully He has provided us with the way of the cross to find redemption for the payment of sin.  He has gone to such lengths to gather his creation to himself through the sacrifice of his only Son;  and yet today we see evidence of the same pride around us in our nation.  How it should break our hearts to hear and see such disdain for the God who created them and the Lord who died and conquered sin for them.  Readings in Ezekiel continue to bring us back again and again to a place of deep gratitude for the cross and its redemption.  Thank you Jesus, and blessed be the name of the Lord.

Do you fully realize how much God loves you?