Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 5-9
Today’s Reflection: Ezekiel 9:4
And the LORD said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”
The book of Ezekiel chronicles God’s judgment against Israel and Judah with vivid descriptions of the sins that brought His wrath and the punishment the Jews would face. But in the midst of this destruction we see God’s hand of mercy moving to protect those who upheld His laws, even if only in their hearts. In Ezekiel’s vision, as the destroyers prepared to move through Jerusalem killing the old and the young, men, women and children without pity, even as they began their gruesome duty at the Lord’s sanctuary, God instructed them not to touch any one “on whom is the mark” (vs. 6).
Those who sighed and groaned at the abominations against the Lord were marked and sealed for life, even as death and destruction rained down around them.
The Bible warns us of great destruction to come in the last days—famine, war, disease, and natural disasters. Even God’s faithful may not survive the destruction to come. But the sealing of God isn’t for this life, it’s for the next. Those who remain obedient to God, who continue to seek His face, and who are willing to call sin by its right name, even when it’s inconvenient, will receive His mark and be sealed for eternity.
2 Timothy 2:19 – But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”