Now you impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided. Ezekiel 24:13
Some children love to play in the dirt and get dirty. They have a wonderful day on the days it had just rained and there is mud everywhere outside to play in. Children often do not care if they are dirty.
Parents work to keep their children clean. Children will be told to stay away from the mud or out of the dirt. When they come in the parents will quickly try to clean them up from the dirt. Many will fight against getting cleaned up and some will go back out into the dirt again.
God speaks against the people of Israel because of their sinful acts. They had been very impure in acting in sinful sexual acts and thoughts. God tried to clean them up, but they refused and stayed in their sinful ways.
God is a pure and holy God and He wants all of His people to be in the same way, pure and holy. He made a way for that to happen by sending Jesus to pay the price for people to be cleansed and made pure and holy.
While there are many who allow God to cleanse them and they strive to remain clean, there are also many who refuse to be cleansed and remain dirty. They continue to live the same sinful lifestyle with no regard to God’s call to holiness. The enjoyment of sin is so great that they do not want to be clean.
For those who refuse to be clean, there is coming a day of judgement against them. Every believer must allow God to work in his life and make him clean. Doing so shows true love for God and true acceptance of what Jesus has done for him.
As a believer God is at work in your life. Jesus is right there ready to cleanse you and help you remain clean. You have to make the choice to accept or reject what Jesus has done and is doing in your life.
Do not allow yourself to go back into the mud and dirt of sin making your life dirty again, thus bringing upon you God’s wrath. Be cleansed and Holy as Jesus is. He will give you the ability to do so, if you allow His Holy Spirit to guide you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins; that you will allow God to cleanse you of all sin; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you away from all sin; and that you will be holy before God.
They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. Ezekiel 11:18
During times of cleaning, it is common for a person to ignore certain areas. They are sort of out of sight, out of mind, so why clean it. It is often thought that there should be nothing there to clean when it is unseen or unused. However, dirt does still compile in all areas.
Leaving a place empty will cause it to get dirty with dust and dirt over time that settles every where. When a person returns to it, he must clean it up to have it prepared to be used again.
At the time of Ezekiel, the Israelites were in captivity, but only for a time. God was going to gather them together again and return them to their land. At the time they return to their land, they would clean it up again, removing all the idols that ere there.
Before becoming a believer, every person has some idols and vile images in his life. The world promotes sin and idol worship. At the time of becoming a believer all these idols must be removed.
However, some will go back to those idols and worship them some more, rejecting God. In the process, God may cause the person to go into exile to get his attention. God’s hand of blessing and provision may be lifted for a time to draw the person back to Him.
Once the person returns to God, the house needs to be cleaned up. Removal of sin and sinful practices must occur. The believer’s heart must be dedicated to serving God and God alone, not being divided between God and idols.
This cleaning is not a one time cleaning, but an ongoing cleaning. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in cleaning the heart of a person and keeping it pure for God to work with.
As with the Israelites, there are idols that you had worshipped in your past. Allow God to clean up your past and remove those idols. Move away from those idols and worship God alone.
Jesus came to remove sin and cleanse you from all sin. Allow Him to do so in your life. Do not allow yourself to go back and pick up those worthless idols, but clean them out of your life. Have a clean temple for God to dwell in.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to clean up your life; that you will not return to old idols of sin; that your life will be focused upon God; and that you will be a clean temple for God to dwell in.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
People and businesses go through settlements on a regular basis. Someone gets injured or offended and threatens to bring another to court in a lawsuit. Often the injuring party wants to come up with some type of settlement agreement, rather than fight it out in a costly court fight.
The one who did the injury will then pay some sort of set agreed price to pay for the injury done. Once it is paid, the matter is settled and no longer is there a fight being done.
In today’s passage God is talking to Israel. He wants to settle the matter of their sinning before Him. He wants to cleanse all of the wrongs done and give them a clean slate.
Not everyone likes to settle a matter. They want to hold on to the wrong done and dwell upon it, remembering it.
This can happen often with some believers. They have sinned against God and refuse to allow themselves to forgiven themselves or even to allow God to forgive them. All they see is their overwhelming guilt of doing wrong.
God is right there waiting to forgive and clean the slate. Yes, the person is full of sin and guilty as red blood, but God wants to settle the matter of the sin against Him. He is there taking the first step to settling the matter, but offering forgiveness.
Jesus paid the price of sin when He died upon the cross. This made it possible for God to forgive those who believe of their sins and make their lives white as snow.
You, along with me and everyone else have made choices to sin against God. It is time to settle the matter with God. Go to Him and seek His forgiveness.
God loves you and is waiting for you to come to Him to settle the matter. Do not hold on to your past sins, but give them up at the cross and be made white as snow. Allow God to begin a new thing in your life.
God has initiated the settlement, be willing to accept it. All you lose is the guiltiness of sin, what you gain is a clean life.
Are you settling the matter today?
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will give up your guilt to God; that you will allow God to make you white as snow; and that you will trust His settling of the matter in your life.