Pleasure in another’s failure? Oh, NO!

Ezekiel 26:1-7

And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, ‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.’

3 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up. 4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. 5 It shall be a place for spreading nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says the Lord GOD; ‘it shall become plunder for the nations. 6 Also her daughter villages which are in the fields shall be slain by the sword. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.’

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Rejoicing at another’s fall brings the wrath of God upon Tyre.  This is not an example of hearts with love and mercy, rather it is an example of one finding pleasure  in the pains of another.

“…now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste….”

For this heart condition, God promises the same judgment and the same conditions.

“…I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up….”

History bears out that God’s judgments did in fact come to pass.  There is a truth here that when God speaks, it happens.  It doesn’t require the acceptance or faith of those involved for it to happen; he spoke and it was so.  From this we can gather it is no light thing to oppose God.  It is no light thing to laugh at another’s calamity or  to take advantage of them.  The condition of the heart is serious business with the Lord.  We are his creation, the sheep of his pasture.  We are given mercy and love and so should extend the same to those around us.  We should have hearts in tune with his commands to love the Lord our God and our neighbor.

“…Luke 10:27   So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ “

When loving in this way, it is not possible to be glad at another’s sad condition.  Let us be about sharing the message of Christ, Him crucified and risen for us.  Let us be about sharing God’s mercy and love and bring joy to the One who created us, not wrath.  It takes faith to please God, faith in Him, knowing what he says is so…

“…Hebrews 11:6  But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him….”

“Then they shall know that I am God…”

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