Continuing with Ezekiel – maybe this isn’t as tough as I thought it would be – we’re making progress even through the prophets! Please read Ezekiel 17, 18, and 19. Does anything stand out to you today? Here’s my highlight:
“The upshot is this, Israel: I’ll judge each of you according to the way you live. So turn around! Turn your backs on your rebellious living so that sin won’t drag you down. Clean house. No more rebellions, please. Get a new heart! Get a new spirit! Why would you choose to die, Israel? I take no pleasure in anyone’s death. Decree of GOD, the Master. “Make a clean break! Live!” (Ezekiel 18:30-32 MSG)
The upshot IS that the people would be judged according to their own behavior. That’s the upshot for us today as well: it means that we choose our consequences, right? the promise is that God will judge us fairly – let’s do our best!
There’s always a chance and another chance and a another chance with the Lord. Israel complained that God wasn’t fair, but it wasn’t a matter of fairness; they were being judged for their own actions. People today still complain about fairness…. God is a righteous judge.