I’m sharing a teaching from Ezekiel 18 today in the First 5 app. Here’s a preview . . .
Ezekiel 18:32 (ESV) “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.”
Though I’ve learned most of what I know about the American legal system from watching crime dramas on television, I know this: In our imperfect world, sometimes the innocent are convicted and the guilty go free. It’s not fair. It’s not impartial. It’s not just.
But in God’s courtroom, the right verdict is always given. We learn in Ezekiel 18 that all souls belong to God, and He gives to each person what they deserve. (Ezekiel 18:4) We also see God’s desire to grant mercy to those who repent of their sin. (Ezekiel 18:21)
God’s Just Judgment
In Ezekiel 18, God responds to the Israelites’ complaints during their exile in Babylon. They accuse God of unfairly punishing them for the sin of previous generations, using a popular proverb of the day. (Ezekiel 18:2) Instead of accepting the consequences for their sin, they blame others and cry, “This isn’t fair!”
God lays out a defense of His justice using three examples: a righteous man, (Ezekiel 18:5-9) the righteous man’s wicked son (Ezekiel 18:10-13) and the wicked man’s righteous son. (Ezekiel 18:14-20) Each man receives what his own righteousness or wickedness deserves, regardless of the behavior of his son or his father. (Ezekiel 18:20)
God is a righteous Judge. And in God’s courtroom, Israel stands convicted of injustice and sin. They questioned God’s character, but it is their character that is found lacking. (Ezekiel 18:29-30) Their guilt deserves a death sentence. (Ezekiel 18:4) And yet, God offers them a chance to repent and pass from death to life. (Ezekiel 18:21; John 5:24)
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