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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Give place…step back

Ezekiel 25:12-

Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,” 13 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; Dedan shall fall by the sword. 14 I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance,” says the Lord GOD.

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Vengeance is mine says the Lord.

“…Romans 12:19  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but [rather] give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance [is] Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord….”

This passage certainly paints a picture for us of how emphatically he means that.  It also serves to point us to the continuing principle that our focus should at all times be fixed upon the Lord.  Placing all our trust and faith in him will eliminate our desire to do vengeance on our own.  Instead it brings us to a place of forgiveness and allows us to see the other in a more accurate manner.  We step back and let the Lord deal with whatever.

“…give place to wrath;…”

Let the Holy Spirit open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds to truer, clearer vision of those around us and in our lives.  May we learn to love and forgive as he has, and not seek vengeance and damages for we are not judge, he is.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Rest not wrath…

Ezekiel 20:30-38

30 Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Are you defiling yourselves in the manner of your fathers, and committing harlotry according to their abominations? 31 For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will not be inquired of by you. 32 What you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’

33 “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. 34 I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. 36 Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the Lord GOD.

37 “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; 38 I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

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“the sacrifice of your sons in the fire.” 

This seems to connect to present day death of the unborn , sacrificed so the parent can continue their lifestyle unhindered.  It shows a strong sense of self; self-love, self-desire, self-guidance.  God calls it defiling self in worship to idols.  The search for personal happiness, success, pride at the expense of others is so anti-God.

“We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world…”

Much like the statement children would use.  There is no thought of consequences.  There is no consideration for others or the love of God.  The result of these actions is to bring the wrath of a holy God.

“I will purge you of those who revolt and rebel against me.” 

Strong words to take note of.  Do we know enough of the nature of God and the Words he has spoken to consider our own actions and words?  Are we witnesses of his love, toward us and others?  O to be sure, we are in the stress-free life of resting in his love and care rather than under his wrath.  When we walk with the Lord in the light of his word…We find peace not judgment, rest not wrath, joy not sorrow – a peace, rest, and joy the unbelieving world cannot know and we cannot explain.  But it is there…

“Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

What are we doing!?! …..

Ezekiel 16:20-42

“Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, 21 that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire? 22 And in all your abominations and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood.

23 “Then it was so, after all your wickedness—‘Woe, woe to you!’ says the Lord GOD— 24 that you also built for yourself a shrine, and made a high place for yourself in every street. 25 You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry. 26 You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger.

27 “Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior. 28 You also played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. 29 Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader, Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied.

30 “How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord GOD, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot.

“You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. 32 You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband. 33 Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry. 34 You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given you, therefore you are the opposite.”

‘Now then, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD! 36 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them, 37 surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness. 38 And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy. 39 I will also give you into their hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places. They shall also strip you of your clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you naked and bare.

40 “They shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones and thrust you through with their swords. 41 They shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women; and I will make you cease playing the harlot, and you shall no longer hire lovers. 42 So I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. I will be quiet, and be angry no more.

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Loving the Lord in return for his love and then turning away from him to other interests is described as a form of prostitution, but different.  Different in that the one turning away is paying the others for what the Lord gave freely.  No wonder proverbs calls it foolishness.  To do this to one who can destroy not only your body but your very soul is foolish indeed.  Jesus said:

“…Matthew 10:28  – And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell….”

The nature of God includes wrath.  It is seen towards those who disrespect him with their self-importance.  Not only this but they included others in their actions, the innocent, the children.

“…you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured….”

Brings to mind our present day abortion issue.  We continue to flaunt self-worth at the expense of others, self-interest at the expense of the unborn child and also our children born to us; through neglect and abuse we demonstrate thinking only about ourselves.  Abortions are common and child abuse abounds.  Are we calling down the wrath of God today as Israel did  in Ezekiel’s days?

“…I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. …” and

“…you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?…”

Has God changed?  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  What to do?  Be active in opposition to the killing of the unborn?  Be active in opposition to the neglect and abuse of children?

Counter with the teaching and message of the love of God and God’s blessings on the lives of those who follow him?  We need to hear the voice of God, in the anguish of the abused, neglected and aborted.  We need to obey his voice and be found faithful to him, not prostituting our allegiance to others or ourselves.

Worth taking the time to read.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month at http://jenblizzard.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-is-national-child-abuse.html

Pretend I’m a Tree and save Me: http://loveundefiled.blogspot.com/2010/08/pretend-im-tree-and-save-me.html#!/2010/08/pretend-im-tree-and-save-me.html

Planned Parenthood and Gender Based Abortions      http://biltrix.com/2012/05/30/planned-parenthood-and-gender-based-abortions/