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he has not exacted usury nor taken increase, but has withdrawn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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