Brother Pablo Molina
Ezekiel 9:8-10 (ESV)
8 And while they were striking, and I was left alone, I fell upon my face, and cried, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”
9 Then he said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see.’
10 As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”
Prophets told the people that Jerusalem was God’s chosen city. God would bless Jerusalem. And the Messiah would come to the city. Because of this, a fatalistic view developed that because they were chosen, they could do no wrong. Repentance was unnecessary. So, they participated in all kinds of evil, idolatry, and sensuality, and there wasn’t a penalty. After all, Jerusalem was blessed. They believed there was no way that God would judge Jerusalem. But God did judge Jerusalem—severely. It’s as if God said, “Enough already!”
If God would judge His beloved Jerusalem, why would He not judge the United States or any nation for that matter?
1. The shedding of innocent blood:
A mind-set crept into the psyche of the culture, that it would be better to sacrifice the little ones than for them to experience all the hell in this life.
In summer 2012, a picture went viral on the internet of a Chinese woman whose lifeless baby lay by her side. There wasn’t an international outcry for justice for this child and this family. Why were people in the United States not bombarding their officials with public outcry for the innocent?
The answer: it seems this practice is not as horrific as it once was to our culture.
2.The perversion of the population:
More than one historical scholar describes this time in Jerusalem’s history as comparable to Sodom and Gomorrah. Billy Graham wrote that his wife, Ruth Graham, said to him after reading a draft of a book he was writing that, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Our culture has become so perverted in our thinking that we accept what was immoral and illegal only twenty years ago, and think that is normal. God’s standards for holiness are constant.
3.The rejection of God’s reality
Verse 9 of the scripture in Ezekiel says, “For they say, ‘the Lord has forsaken the Land, and the Lord does not see!’” That is another way of saying that the Lord is irrelevant. They refused to see the handiwork of God and said to themselves, “I can do what I want, when I want, because God doesn’t exist; and if He did exist, He doesn’t care.”
Let the Scripture guide us in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (ESV):
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
14 Let all that you do be done in love.
1.This is the day to live wholeheartedly as a devoted follower of Jesus.
2.Stand on your biblical convictions.
3.Communicate the truth in love, even to those who reject our God.