DCLM Daily Manna 2023: DCLM Daily Manna 23 July 2023: Don’t Be A Disgraceful Christian
Key Verse: “Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they…” – (Ezekiel 16:52)
TEXT: Ezekiel 16:44-52 (KJV)
44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.
45 Thou art thy mother’s daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.
47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.
48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.
52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.
Many years ago, a man wanted to play in the Imperial Orchestra, but he could not play a note. Since he was a person of great wealth and influence, he demanded to be allowed to join the orchestra so that he could perform in front of the king. The conductor agreed to let him sit in the second row of the orchestra. Even though he could not read music, he was given a flute and when a concert would begin, he would raise his instrument, pucker his lips and move his fingers. He went through all the motions of playing but never made a sound. This deception went on for two years. Then one day, a new conductor took over the orchestra.
He told the group that he wanted to personally audition all the players to see how well they could play. The audition would weed out those who did not meet his standards. Frantic with worry when it was his turn, the phony flutist pretended to be sick but the doctor who examined him declared that he was perfectly well. Shamefacedly, the man had to confess that he was a fake.
In our passage, God confronts the people of Judah with their sins and atrocities, which had exceeded those of other hideous nations as Samaria and Sodom whom He had punished. The people of Judah, who knew more of the righteous demands of God and had even witnessed His punishment on erring heathen nations, should have lived better.
Like them, many people know about the grace of God and how to be free from sin but in reality, they are fakes? If they fail to repent, damnation awaits them in eternity. If you profess to be saved from sin, the proof is a daily life of righteousness and transparent holiness.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The life you live determines your relationship with the Lord.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Chronicles 13-17
Thank you for studying today’s Daily Manna – Don’t Be A Disgraceful Christian – by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
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Daily Manna 23 July 2023