Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 28 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 29-30
Food for Thought: Ez. 30:16b
Well, for today we are going to allow ourselves the luxury of a play on words, though it is not much of a stretch. The place referred to in Ezekiel as Sin is ancient Pelusium, a part of Egypt, and the prophecy regarding it was, “Sin shall have great pain…” which turned out to be true in every sense of the word sin.
The Lord’s complaint against the territory of Egypt was its idolatry and “arrogant strength (vs. 6, 13, 18).” In effect, that describes most people who refuse to submit wholly to God, and the results are eventually the same for them as they were for the inhabitants of Sin (Pelusium). “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Prov. 16:25).” The Bible says that sin for a time is pleasureful, but eventually produces great harm. It’s not God striking at the sinner to punish him; rather, it is the consequence and cause of sin itself. James 1:14-15 reveals the process that leads to such a bad end: “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
Rebellion sends people away from the Lord and His perfect design and rejects the true life that He offers. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (See also Prov. 11:19.) We were all headed for the same fate as the inhabitants of Sin, and deservedly so, but Jesus changed our destiny when we received His gift of life. Now, any time we face a temptation to sin, the Lord provides us a way out (I Cor. 10:13) to avoid the harmful effects and has even made provision for forgiveness by the blood of Jesus if the event of a fall. Now, instead of living in Sin, we live in the Kingdom of God where the future is much brighter.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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