Daily Manna 2 June
TEXT: Ezekiel 16:35-43
KEY VERSE: ”Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations.” – (Ezekiel 16:43)
One of the most remarkable things about God is that He loves with the same fervour with which He judges. He has no preferences or favourites. God is not a respecter of persons, no matter how highly placed or well-favoured. When He sees sin either in a heathen or in a backslidden Christian, He punishes it equally.
Our text was a solemn message delivered by Prophet Ezekiel to Jerusalem. God had taken Jerusalem as a bride (Isaiah 54:5) but she went into adultery with strangers. She gave gifts to her lovers and hired them for whoredom. She used the blood of her children for idolatry and abominations. Therefore, the Lord decided to judge her as women that break wedlock are judged. She received a recompense for her whoredom and abominations with burning fire and God’s fury.
It is indeed a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God who is a consuming fire. He will judge sin wherever it is found; whether in the unbelieving heathens or in the compromising and backslidden believers. In fact, when a believer, espoused to God like Jerusalem, wilfully goes into sin, he incurs greater wrath than those who do not know God. Daily Manna 2 June
Some people erroneously think that God is slack in bringing punishment on evil doers. He is only long-suffering and patient, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. A day of recompense will come upon the world as it was for Jerusalem.
We do not need to wait until the cup of evil, corruption and sin gets full and the judgment of God becomes unavoidable. It is beneficial if you would avoid God’s impending wrath, repent from sin and totally separate from all ungodly conducts.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s recompense will not be pleasant to sinners.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 27-29