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Consequences of Sin

Consequences of Sin – Without Excuse (Ezekiel 12:2)

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 10-13

Today’s Reflection: Ezekiel 12:2

“Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not, for they are a rebellious house.”

The book of Ezekiel is a message to God’s people Israel and Judah, an explanation for the judgment God was bringing against them.  This word makes one thing perfectly clear: their disobedience wasn’t because they didn’t know or understand God’s instruction.  They had eyes to see God’s truth, they had ears to hear God’s truth.  But they refused to see or hear because they chose not to.  They rebelled against God’s truth.

As I said before, this message was for God’s people, those acquainted with His covenant promises and His law.  This message was for people raised hearing God’s word and seeing His provision, protection and power.  This message was for people who heard the stories of the Exodus, of wars won with the ark of the covenant out in front of the army of Israel.  This message was for people without excuse.

As Christians, we often look at the sins of people in the world with concern for their eternal fate, but as we learned earlier in the book of Ezekiel, judgment begins with the house of God (Ezekiel 9:6) and it is us who know truth who will be held to the higher standard because to whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48).

Deuteronomy 30:11-14 – 11) “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12) It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13) Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14) But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

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