Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 31, 2017

“I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 18.  Here is a link to this chapter –   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+18&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

The person who sins will die.  The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity;  the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord God.  “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.  Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!  For why will you die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.”  Ezekiel 18:  Verses 20 and 30-32.

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God shows His justice by judging each individual according to his conduct rather than including in the judgment the sins of the father or the son.  “…  The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity;  …”  Verse 20.

But, this verse makes us think of God’s mercy in delivering His Son, Jesus Christ, to bear the sins of many.  “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”  Hebrews 9:27-28.

God shows His justice by calling all to repentance.  “…  “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.  Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!  For why will you die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God.  “Therefore, repent and live.”  Verses 30-32. 

But, these verses also make us think of God’s mercy in also giving many a new heart and a new spirit.  And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them.  And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them.  Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.”  Ezekiel 11:19-20.

Other doctrine focuses on man and what man should do.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and what God has done. 

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.


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