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August 22 - Evening

"If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live?
None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.

Yet you say,
‘The way of the Lord is not just.’

Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life. Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die.

Yet the Israelites say,
‘The way of the Lord is not just.’

Are my ways unjust, people of Israel?
Is it not your ways that are unjust?

Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed,
and get a new heart and a new spirit.
Why will you die, people of Israel?

For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone,
declares the Sovereign Lord.
Repent and live!"

- Ezekiel 18:24-32

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Sinful Israel Accuses the Righteous God of Unjust Behavior    

In Ezekiel 18 the Lord counters a false proverb shared among the Jewish exiles in Babylon:

The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”
Ezekiel 18:2

The Lord countered the above proverb with one of his own that stated the truth by stressing the actual realization of his justice.

The soul who sins is the one who will die.” – Ezekiel 18:20

Individual responsibility for sin is the focus of Ezekiel’s words. The practice of blaming God for personal disaster or crediting other people’s sin for personal judgment from God is rejected.

The Israelites’ false doctrine that taught God would punish children for their parent’s sin proved to them that God was unjust in his treatment of people. To this the Lord replied by saying it was not himself who was unjust, but the Israelites. The Israelites were unjust because they credited the righteous God with deeds that were not his. The Israelites’ false doctrine had led them to make unjust statements about God.

God will bring judgment, but it is not his desire. Twisted human reason may see God’s judgment as something that is pleasurable to God, but the message here is that God desires that people repent.

God is just. God will not punish the righteous man for the sins of another man.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy.”
– G. K. Chesterton in this book “Orthodoxy,” an apologetic description of his journey from agnosticism to Christianity written in 1908.
(Read his book here.)

Something to Ponder??

God established medical quarantines 3,000 years before man understood why quarantines prevented the spread of disease. According to Leviticus 13:45-46 and Numbers 5:1-4 God commanded Israel to isolate people with contagious disease and allow their return to society only after they
had been cured.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Hagnos (Gr) – chaste (Eng) – the Greek word hagnos means “pure,” “pure from fault,” and “immaculate.” Hagnos is used in the following verses:
2 Corinthians 7:11
Philippians 4:8
1 Timothy 5:22
James 3:17
1 John 3:3
1 Peter 3:2
2 Corinthians 11:2
Titus 2:5

  Second Kings 24:8-12 record events in Jerusalem in the years 598/597 BC when it says, “Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king…At that time the officers of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem and laid siege to it, and Nebuchadnezzar himself came up to the city…he took Jehoiachin prisoner.” The Babylonian Chronicle records say the same thing in these words: “The seventh year (598/597 BC)…the king of Akkad mustered his troops, marched on Hatti, and set up his quarters facing the city of Judah. In the month of Adar, the second day, he took the city and captured the king. He installed there a king of his choice. He collected its massive tribute and went back to Babylon.”
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will be patient and trust God to redeem time spent serving others.   "He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and
he who gives gifts to the rich - both come to poverty."

- Proverbs 22:16
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Esther 4 (474 BC) Jeremiah 48
Prayer for Today
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Galyn in the green Hinnom Valley.

Diagram illustrating the process of inspiration and how it differs from illumination. (More teaching here.)

Diagram illustrating the process of inspiration and how it differs from illumination. (More teaching here.)

Galyn in the green Hinnom Valley. (Details here.)  
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