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What If

Posted: Friday, November 6

 Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Ezekiel 14:12-16:41
Hebrews 7:18-28
Psalm 106:1-12
Proverbs 27:4-6 

 

Verse of the day:

““Son of man, suppose the people of a country were to sin against me, and I lifted my fist to crush them, cutting off their food supply and sending a famine to destroy both people and animals. Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, their righteousness would save no one but themselves, says the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 14:13-14)


Ezekiel chapter 14 contains several “what if” scenarios that God asks Ezekiel to think through. Our verse of the day, verses 13-14, ask us to consider what would happen to a nation that sinned against God, so God decides to punish them for their sin. In the first scenario he lists the punishment of famine. In the next three, he changes the method of punishment to war, wild animals, and disease. No matter what the form of punishment is uses, the writer wants us to know that judgement is coming. God will judge the nation that sins against him.

 

 

When you look at America, the list of our sins against the Word and will of God is very long. We have sinned and we will have to stand in judgement. In that moment of judgement, we will not be able to send a national figure head or hero to stand in our place. We will each be held responsible for our own righteousness, or right living. Our greatest responsibility, no matter what role you serve in (parent, pastor, leader, teacher, etc.) is to make sure that we are living right. We must be models to those around us to look to.

 

 

In a culture that says truth is relative, we must live our lives according to the unwavering truths found in God’s Word. We must live a life that is right, according to the laws of God. We must live a life that is counter culture, so that when the culture is shaken, we can be a source of stability. We may not be one of the heroes of the faith that Ezekiel mentions (Noah, Daniel, Job), but we can still live righteous lives. Our righteousness may not save them but it can be an example that can help lead them to the true Hero that can save them: Jesus.