Daily Devotions

God desires that the wicked repent, and not die in their sins!

Ezekiel 33:1-11

‘When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people…take a man…and set him for their watchmen — if when he sees the sword coming…, he blows the trumpet and warns the people — then, whosoever hears the sound and the trumpet and does not take warning…, his blood shall be upon his own head!… If our…sins be upon us and we pine away in them, how should we then live?… The Lord GOD says: “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live!… Turn from your evil ways!… Why will you die?”‘ Ezekiel 33:2-11.

God was reminding Egypt that though Jerusalem had fallen, God had not yet finished. The announcement of the judgment upon Egypt, was delivered to the exiles about six months later. The exiles in Babylon were very concerned. So God now answered their cry.

Why had Assyria, Elam, Meshek, Tubal, Edom, Sidon and Egypt all gone down to the grave? Each of them had caused terror in the land of the living. So Jehovah now sets His terror on Earth!

Shall we keep on wasting away in our sins? This includes especially our physical wasting away, ending in complete dissolution. He who hears the trumpet and does not take warning — his blood shall be on his own head. He is responsible for his own death.

‘Turn from your evil ways!’ This is Jehovah’s answer to the people’s despondency about their life. These verses must be estimated from the point of view of the people’s despair.

God’s desire is, that men should live! The past, is not irrevocable. God will judge them, not according to what men have been — but according to what they shall become.

As long as Jerusalem stood, the Prophet had to speak of its then-coming demise. Now that this became a reality and its report had now reached the exiles — he had to speak of regeneration and rebuilding. This fact proves that the Lord’s mercy would again triumph against His judgment.

Ezekiel was to do nothing else than listen, and warn! If he did not do that — then, from his own hand would the blood be demanded of those who would have met death without being warned.

That was then the moment when the Lord intervened. New vital grace streamed through the exiles, and would be a commencement of the regeneration of the people. The demise of the city and its temple would help bring this about. For this would place before the people that the wages of sin is death — and that whoever wishes to live, must let go of unrighteousness.

The Lord wants life, not death! Whenever He brings death, that only occurs because the life which proceeds from Him is resisted and rejected. What He wants, is conversion — i.e. repentance, turning round, and the going back to Him of all those that walked in their own bad ways.

God desires that the wicked repent, and not die in their sins! Have you yet repented?