Topic: Retribution Against Sin [Sunday July 23, 2017]
Text: Ezekiel 16:44-52
Key Verse: “Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters”
With man, in various institutions or works of life as in every generation, is the tendency and possibility of partiality in judgement. With man we find favouritism, hypocrisy and miscarriage of justice in favour of the rich, wealthy and influential, as against the poor.
However, with God there is no tendency or possibility of partiality or miscarriage of justice in judgment. God is always faithful and gives the right judgement to every man according to their works. From the text, we can see that Jerusalem, God’s people at this time, had given themselves over to iniquity and evil deeds, which were more in proportion to the iniquity of Sodom and Samaria. And because God is impartial and would not overlook the sin of the unrepentant, judgment came upon them. From here, we learn that to sin with impunity is dangerous.
No child of God should take God or His word for granted. If God did not spare sin in the sinner or sinful nations who failed to repent, neither will He overlook sin in the believer or righteous nation who departs from righteousness and lives in hardness of heart. The right thing to do when sin comes in is to repent immediately and sincerely. God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. It is dangerous to live in sin. Repent and live, or refuse and perish. It is even more damning to think that God will wink at sin. He never does! Instead, God punishes unrepentant sinners.
Thought for the day: Whatever a man sows is what he shall reap.
Bible Reading in one Year: Exodus 23-25
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.