What I read today
2 Samuel 17-18; Psalm 141; Ezekiel 18; Matthew 24; 1 Corinthians 3
When Ezekiel was alive and speaking out against the Israelite people, there was this idea that the people of Israel were safe because of their heritage. Somehow because they were descendants of Abraham, they could do whatever they please, and God owed it to them to provide them with salvation and security.
In this chapter of Ezekiel, we read Ezekiel speaking out against this idea.
The thing that’s so amazing here is not that the people thought God owed them. That’s nothing new. People today, still believe that if their “good people” that God owes them. What I find amazing is that in spite of the violence, adultery, idolatry, theft, oppression of the poor and needy God still holds out salvation to those who turn to him.
Over and over God holds out his salvation in chapter 18.
Yes, he talks about the wages of sin. God absolutely does threaten judgment. But in the middle of all this, God holds out his hand three times to the very people committing all these evil acts.
There is always hope when God is involved. No matter how far we’ve fallen, no matter how long we’ve been away, God stands there with his arms wide open waiting to welcome us back into his kingdom.