Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 17, 2017

“To You, O Lord, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 32.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+32&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“In the twelfth year, on the fifteenth of the month, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, wail for the hordes of Egypt and bring it down, her and the daughters of the powerful nations, to the nether world, with those who go down to the pit;

‘Whom do you surpass in beauty?
Go down and make your bed with the uncircumcised.’

“Elam is there and all her hordes around her grave;  all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, who instilled their terror in the land of the living and bore their disgrace with those who went down to the pit.  They have made a bed for her among the slain with all her hordes.  Her graves are around it, they are all uncircumcised, slain by the sword (although their terror was instilled in the land of the living), and they bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit;  they were put in the midst of the slain.

“There also is Edom, its kings and all its princes, who for all their might are laid with those slain by the sword;  they will lie with the uncircumcised and with those who go down to the pit.

“There also are the chiefs of the north, all of them, and all the Sidonians, who in spite of the terror resulting from their might, in shame went down with the slain.  So they lay down uncircumcised with those slain by the sword and bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit.”  Ezekiel 32:17-19 and 24-25 and 29-30.

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How awful to be with those who bear their disgrace and go down to the pit!

We too were formally involved in one common misery with them bearing disgrace and deserving to go down to the pit.

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.  Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”  Ephesians 2:1-3.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-8.

There are those who trust in themselves.  They trust in their own wisdom, in their own might, in their own riches, and in their own beauty.  And they bear disgrace and go down to the pit.
 
But, in sharpest contrast, there are those who, by God’s grace, trust in God.  They trust in God’s wisdom, in God’s might, in God’s riches, and in God’s beauty.  And they bear God’s grace and go up to heaven.

“To You, O Lord, I call;
My rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You are silent to me,
I will become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked
And with those who work iniquity,
Who speak peace with their neighbors,
While evil is in their hearts.
4 Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
Requite them according to the deeds of their hands;
Repay them their recompense.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.

6 Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
8 The Lord is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.
9 Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.”  Psalm chapter 28.


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