Words from the Heart for Thursday September 5th, 2019

Soon I will pour out my fury on you and unleash my anger against you. I will call you to account for all your detestable sins. I will turn my eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who is striking the blow.

Ezekiel 7:8-9 (NLT)

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Judging Fairly

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Every human being has a sense of justice. When we see something wrong happening in our world, when we see a child abused or Christians being persecuted by an evil regime, we get upset, and we ought to. God has a profound sense of justice and we see it expressed in His word. Ezekiel had the unenviable task of preaching a strong justice message to the people of Israel, who had turned their backs on the living God. So he writes this in Ezekiel 7:8-9: “Soon I will pour out my fury on you and unleash my anger against you. I will call you to account for all your detestable sins. I will turn my eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who is striking the blow.” These are some of the strongest words of judgment in the Bible. God was going to bring judgment against His people. But He would do so only according to their conduct. The punishment would fit the crime. God is never vindictive. He judges fairly. Thankfully, for those of us who have trusted Christ, Jesus bore God’s justice on our behalf.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley