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Week 32 Day 2
Ezekiel was a contemporary
of Jeremiah and Daniel
and each one served God
in a unique setting
Jeremiah stayed behind in Judah
being of no value to the Babylonian society
Daniel was of great value and lived
in the court of the kings of Babylon
Ezekiel lived among the captives
along the rivers in Babylon
Rivers are in lowlands
and symbolize the low point
for the exiles
Rivers are also places of refreshment
places where people gather
and share their lives.
The prophets were popular people
in an unpopular sort of way
They were outspoken
so everyone knew them
yet what they said aroused anger
and people did not
want to hear it.
RIGHTEOUSNESS SAVES; SIN KILLS
Not my father, not my mother, it's just me on judgment day. Ezekiel 18 & 32
2"'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's
teeth are set on edge.' As I live," says the Lord, 3"you shall
no longer use this proverb in Israel.
5"If a man is just and does what is lawful and right; 6if he has
not lifted up his eyes to idols, nor defiled his neighbor's wife,
7if he has not oppressed anyone, but has restored to the debtor
his pledge; has robbed no one by violence, but has given his
bread to the hungry and covered the naked with clothing; 8if
he has not exacted usury nor taken increase, but has withdrawn
his hand from iniquity and executed true judgment; 9if he has
walked in My statutes and kept My judgments faithfully--he
is just; he shall surely live!" says the Lord God.
10"If he begets a son who is a robber or shedder of blood--
shall this son then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of
these abominations, he shall surely die; his blood be upon him.
14"If, however, a man begets a son who sees all the sins
which his father has done, and considers but does not do
likewise; 17but has executed My judgments and walked in
My statutes--he shall not die for the iniquity of his father;
he shall surely live!
18"His father, because he cruelly oppressed, robbed his
brother by violence, and did what is not good among his
people, shall die for his iniquity."
20"The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the
guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son.
21"But if a wicked man turns from all his sins, and does
what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
22None of the transgressions which he has committed shall
be remembered against him; because of the righteousness
which he has done, he shall live. 23Do I have any pleasure
at all that the wicked should die? And not that he should
turn from his ways and live?
24"But when a righteous man turns away from his
righteousness and does all the abomination that the wicked
man does, shall he live? All the righteousness he has done
shall not be remembered; he is guilty and he shall die.
10"Say to Israel: 'If our sins be upon us, and we pine
away in them, how can we then live?' 11Say to them:
'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Turn, turn
from your evil ways! For why should you die?'" This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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