Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 17-19; Revelation 7
Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 18:1-32
It was not my fault. I did not know I was supposed to do that. I was waiting for approval. I was just trying to keep up with the flow of traffic. Over the course of our lives, we have all made excuses. When we miss a deadline at work, forget to do our homework, or get pulled over for speeding, we might try to make an excuse. Sometimes we might even try to excuse our own sin.
This is what the people of Judah were trying to do in our key passage today. They believed God was punishing them for the sins of their ancestors, and not their own. This led many of the people to wrongly believe that they might as well sin because they were already doomed. Others believed that if their ancestors were good and followed God’s commands, they would be saved simply through their lineage and could do whatever they pleased. All of this wrong thinking was leading the people further away from God and keeping them from repenting of their sins, so God set the record straight through the prophet Ezekiel. He said, “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” (Vs. 4)
We are all responsible for our own actions. When we choose to sin, we can try to make excuses or blame someone else, but at the end of the day, we are all accountable to God. If God’s message stopped there, it would be bad news for all of us who have fallen short of His standards. Fortunately, there is much more to His story. God told the people of Judah, “if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.” (Vs. 21) Though we have sinned, we are saved by His overwhelming grace through faith in Jesus Christ. So what are we left to do? “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.” (Vss. 30-31)
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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