No fear of judgment…

Ezekiel 9

Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand.” And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.

Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.

So it was, that while they were killing them, I was left alone; and I fell on my face and cried out, and said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will You destroy all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your fury on Jerusalem?”

Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!’And as for Me also, My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head.”

Just then, the man clothed with linen, who had the inkhorn at his side, reported back and said, “I have done as You commanded me.”

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There was a mark placed on those who wept over the evils they saw in the city.

“…put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”…”

That mark spared them.

 “… do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.”…”

Believers have a mark that spares them the final judgment brought by sin.  They have the blood of Jesus shed to cover their sin.  Those who do not have the mark are destroyed.

And they had to begin with the church, in the sanctuary.  How sad!!  Is there a parallel today?  Is there need to cleanse the church?  Sin practices had crept into the temple and spread from there.  The cleansing began there with destruction of those who did not have the mark. It began with the elders who led the people astray.

  “… they began with the elders who were before the temple. …”

Judgment was meted out to those who did not accept the knowledge of God and his ways.  They knew and rejected him to turn to other gods.  They said,

“…‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!’…”

We hear this today, taught to our children if we do not watch, that God is not here, He created and left us.  Or, God may or may not exist.  There is knowledge of God that is rejected and be sure what is sown will be reaped.

“…I will recompense their deeds on their own head.”…”

In the beginning, the penalty for disobedience and rejection of God’s words was given and it stands for eternity, the penalty of death.

We also see, however that those who accepted that knowledge of God and lived by it received the mark that allowed the destruction to ‘pass over’ them.  And the same is true for all eternity, the ‘mark’ of the blood of Jesus covers us giving us freedom from the curse of death.  Life begins for eternity when we accept the mark of Jesus’ blood. We have not rejected the knowledge of God, we have received it and it is based upon faith, not whether or not we ‘feel’ him, or ‘see’ him.  He is in the land and He has not forsaken us.  His promises are true and amen.  Final.  And so judgment was carried out even against the plea of Ezekiel.

“… My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head.”…”  and “…“I have done as You commanded me.”…”

God is not mocked – what he says he will do he does.  Another trait, another facet of the nature of God.  He says he will pardon those who accept his son, he says he will judge those who reject him.

“…My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head.”…” and “…do not come near anyone on whom is the mark…”

Are we covered by Jesus’ blood shed for our sins?  If so we do not have fear of God’s judgment. Say with Paul in Philippians  1:21 NKJV –

“For to me, to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.”

Sin no longer reigns…

Romans 5:12-21

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—  (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.  And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,  so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

one brought sin, One brought redemption.

one disobeyed, One obeyed.

The act of one brought condemnation, the act of One brought pardon.

The consequence of one was death, the consequence of One brought life.

Enter sin through disobedience;

Enter redemption through obedience.

Condemned; pardoned.

Death defeated death: life gave life.

through one man sin entered the world,

through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came

by the one man’s offense many died,

through one Man’s righteous act (…)the gift of righteousness will reign in life

through one man’s offense judgment came

through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came (…) – eternal life .

where sin abounded,

grace abounded much more,

as sin reigned in death,

so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life

Can we say thank you!?

Want life? Change…

John 8:1-11

 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up  and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,  “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

 How was this question intended to trap Jesus?  One, he was not a leader, therefore not qualified in their mind to pass judgment?  Also, based on recent statements he had made stating he brought life, and that belief in him brought life, was there was the possibility that he might take issue with what Moses had given them in the law?  Jesus does none of these.  He does not even deal with the issue they brought to him, the guilt of the woman and what to do about it.  He speaks directly to them personally.  He places the burden of proof of innocence upon them.  Could any of them throw a stone?  No, it would place the spotlight of hypocrisy on them before all the people. 

 Jesus used this incident to demonstrate the pardon from the sentence of sin he was bringing to the world.  There was no doubt of the guilt of the woman; “caught in the act” clearly placed the demand of sin for its sentence of death.  “The wages of sin is death…”  But with Jesus there is the possibility of pardon from that sentence.  When forgiveness is sought, it is granted with a belief in Jesus and the redemption price he paid for us all.  In this incident he forgave but…with forgiveness and pardon comes an expectation and requirement; “Go and sin no more.”  Another translation states “leave your life of sin.”  A life of freedom from sin’s demand of death carries with it a requirement of change.