Ezekiel 30:1-2 Wail For The Downfall

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The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Wail and say, Alas for that day!” For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near–a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. Ezekiel 30:1-2 

There is a lot of rejoicing when there is the downfall of a violent nation or when the enemy falls. People are excited when they see a powerful dictator be destroyed or a powerful dictatorship nation fall. It is seen as a good thing to occur.

Very seldom does anyone weep when the enemy is destroyed or falls. Many actually look forward to it and try to urge the downfall on.

God tells Ezekiel to wail at the coming downfall and destruction of Egypt. God was getting ready to pour out some of His wrath upon Egypt and break them down as a nation.

Although one does not see the destruction of a nation very often in today’s times, there are often the downfall of leaders and dictators. People rejoice when they see a leader that they do not like get removed and hurt at the same time. They want to see bad leaders punished.

When hard times fall upon the enemy, most people are happy for what had occurred. Yet, this is not the way of God. It is not His heart.

God loves all people and all nations. He does not want to see judgement upon any of them, but it must occur. In the process of judgement, there is much wailing and weeping.

When a nation, business or leader falls, there are often innocent people hurt in the process. It is also often a loss of a chance to be saved.

Believers must seek to restore, not destroy. Thus God wants believers to weep and wail over those being hurt and destroyed, even by His judgement.

You may have rejoiced over the downfall of some enemy in your life. Instead of rejoicing, look at that enemy as one whom God loves and cares for. See the person as one who is lost who needs Jesus to save.

Weep for those who are being destroyed. They are people just like you who have not seen the truth or been given a chance to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Give them a chance to accept or reject.

I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that you will weep at God’s judgement upon your enemies; and that you will seek to be God’s witness to all people. 

Ezekiel 18:23 What God Really Wants

Graveyard

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23 

Over the centuries of time, there have been many different evil people rise to power and cause a lot of damage to the people. Attempts to cause genocide of groups of people have been done by some of these people. Often many in the world hate these people and want them removed.

One way that many want to see the person removed is by death. When one of these evil rulers get killed, many will often rejoice at his death or destruction. It is seen as a relief from an evil person and that he got what he had deserved.

Ezekiel talks about the death and life of people. God points out that people will die for their sins. However, God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. He would rather see them change and live.

Believers have often been right along side of the world in desiring the death of a wicked person. There have been some who have blown up doctors and their clinics that provide for abortion, thinking that they were doing what God is desiring in getting rid of the wicked person.

Judgement is often called for upon a wicked person by many believers. Yet, this is not what God really wants. God is a God of love, not judgement and destruction. He does not want to see anyone destroyed, but to come to repentance and live.

It should break the heart of a believer to see a wicked person die in his sins. That means a person is lost for eternity.

Every believer must keep in mind that at one time he was a wicked person in sin. It is only by the grace of God that he is now being saved. This salvation should be sought for every wicked person, not death.

You may be one who has rejoiced over the death of a wicked person. Rather than rejoicing, see that person as God does, one who is loved and is lost. Allow their death to break your heart as it breaks God’s heart.

Seek to be His witness to every person, no matter how ‘good’ or wicked they are. Pray that God can turn their heart and bring on salvation, rather than death. Do not rejoice in the death of the wicked, but weep.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart of love; that you will love all people as God loves you and them; that you will be His witness; and that you weep at the loss of life in sin. 

Ezekiel 9:4 Marked For Life

Cross on forehead

and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” Ezekiel 9:4 

Having a mark causes a person to stand out as different. There is always a reason for the mark.

People can be marked for many different reasons and in many different ways. Some places will place a mark on the hand to show they can enter a place. Other places put a wristband on for the same reason.

There has also been times when a marking was for a negative reason, such as during the holocaust and times of slavery.

God had given Ezekiel a vision of a man having to go through Jerusalem putting  marks upon certain people. These people were those who were weeping over the sin being done in the city. These people would survive a massacre as God destroyed the rest of the people.

God is still in the process of marking His people. These are the people who weep over their sins and the sins committed around them. They have chosen to turn away from sin and follow Jesus, becoming believers.

Every believer is to be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus showing that they have been cleansed of sin and are no longer returning to sin. God had also sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide each believer.

Having God’s Holy Spirit inside of oneself causes that person to live and think differently than the rest of the world. The Holy Spirit is also the one that separates the believer from the rest of the world. He is the guarantee of salvation, not marking that person for death.

Without the mark of God’s Spirit in the life of a person, he is marked for death…eternal death.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you have been marked to have life. This mark is a sign that you have turned your back upon sin and the sinful ways of this world.

When  you have done this, your heart should be weeping at the sin you see around you and that you have done in your past. Work to be a witness to more people to turn them from the sentence of death to one of life. Encourage others to receive the mark of Jesus and His Holy Spirit on their lives to allow them to be marked for LIFE.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the mark of the Holy Spirit in your life; that people will know that you are marked for God; and that your heart will weep as God does over sin being done. 

Lamentations 2:11 Weeping For The Lost

Boats on dry ground

My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city. Lamentations 2:11 

Death, destruction, sickness bring about weeping to every person. No one likes to see friends and family getting hurt or going through pain for any reason. As loved ones are suffering, a person weeps with them wishing he could make it better or remove the suffering.

Questions are always raised as to why someone must go through suffering and pain. Anger rises because of the suffering and pain, both in the individual going through it and those who love the person.

Jeremiah is watching his nation, his people being destroyed as they are sent into exile. The nation of Israel has been destroyed and overcome by the enemy. The people are suffering and he cannot do anything about it, but weep and mourn for them.

All over the world people are suffering and dying daily for many different things. One of the greatest sufferings is things brought on by sin. Many people suffer because of their own personal sinful choices that they had made. Choices are made that bring on pain, suffering, sickness and death.

The heart of the believer who is seeing this suffering, should be breaking. His heart needs to be like the heart of God. God does not want to see anyone suffer. It is only because of sin that there is suffering, sickness and death.

Nations, cities and communities are filled with people who do not know Jesus as Savior, who do not serve or love God. This should break the heart of the believer. Watching people die daily without God should be one of the greatest torments in the heart and life of a believer. This gives reason for the believer to be a witness for Jesus to this dying world.

As you watch the news or see what is going on around you, what are your thoughts? Do not be like many with a cold heart believing that they got what they deserve. Allow your heart to be broken as Jeremiah’s heart was.

Weep for those who are suffering because of sinful choices. Weep over the sin of people and nations that is being done and promoted.

Be a witness of who Jesus is and the life He offers to everyone. Share the news that God does want to forgive and proved an abundant life.

I pray today that you will see the world as God sees it; that your heart will break for those who do not know Jesus; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; and that God will change lives through you.