Ezekiel 18:1-19:14; Hebrews 9:1-10;
Psalm 106:32-48; Proverbs 27:10
The soul that sins, it shall die.
In this passage, God explains that He has no choice but to bring our physical death as a result of sin because of our unrighteousness. One other concept introduced is quite controversial. Ezekiel 18:20 says, "The soul that sins, it shall die." This can be taken to mean that because every person on earth has sinned, none of us escape physical death. This is true. There is some teaching that just as Jesus stated that we should fear the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Matt. 10:28), this passage confirms that the second death and permanent death of a person's soul is a result of unforgiven sin that is judged at the end of time. We are to fear being in a state of unrepentance at the judgment. This will result in the permanent destruction of one's soul.
God calls the Israelites to get a new heart and a new spirit in order to prevent this type of death. He calls out to you and to me today. God cries out that He does not want anyone to perish. Turn back and live!
Chapter 19 of Ezekiel is actually a funeral song for the princes of Israel. These are the lion cubs of the tribe of Judah. They are lost and destroyed by fire. This is a picture of what God was warning them about in Chapter 18. Who cares for the princes of Israel? Who is sad for their lost souls? God, their Creator, is sad. God mourns for the lost. God is mourning about the punishment and judgment that is about to come upon Israel and Jerusalem.
Do you know that God is concerned about you? God is a personal God. Will your soul live forever because of your faith in Christ?
This old system was designed to point people to the present time of Christ. It was an illustration of what Christ would do for mankind. This is what Paul is trying to explain to the Hebrews.
God is faithful, even when we are not.
Friends are important, especially in times of need. Neighbors are closer than far away relatives. Therefore, nurture your relationships with neighbors.
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