• William T. Howe Ph.D.

September 1, 2021

Daily Reading: Ezekiel 9-12

Ezekiel 9:9

Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

Upon God’s judgment falling on the people in Jerusalem many died. No one knows how many, probably a majority. The only ones who were spared had a “mark” on them. Whether it could be seen by human eyes or not is not known, but one thing is known…this affected Ezekiel to a great degree. So much so that the prophet asked the Lord: Ah Lord God! Wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? To which the Lord responded with the verse recorded above.

His case against His people contained four indictments.

  • The iniquity of Israel and Judah was exceeding great.

  • The land was full of blood due to internal violence.

  • Jerusalem, His beloved city, was filled with perverseness.

  • The people said that the Lord had forsaken the earth and that He could not see.

Because of these continued transgressions:

  • His eye would not spare them.

  • Neither would He have pity on them.

  • He would recompense them for the way they chose to live.

How sad that it had to come to this. But it did. After all, the old saying is true: “God’s love cannot condone that which God’s law condemns.” He is longsuffering, no doubt, but He is also a God of justice, equity, and truth. Israel and Judah learned this truth too late.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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