“And you, O son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. Now the end is upon you, and I will send my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
“Thus says the Lord God: Disaster after disaster! Behold, it comes. An end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes. Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting on the mountains. Now I will soon pour out my wrath upon you, and spend my anger against you, and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord, who strikes.
“Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! Your doom has come; the rod has blossomed; pride has budded. Violence has grown up into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them…
“According to their way I will do to them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 7:2-11,27b
Man relishes sin- coddles it, strokes it, excuses it, makes it smooth, easy, accessible, and palatable. But not so Holy God. He abhors it. He hates how it wounds and scars His people and creation. It offends Him and He will not stand for it. He will surely judge it for the despicable, horrific, corrupt, depravity it is, and we best take note and be ready.
Identify the iniquitous ways: abominations, pride, violence, wickedness. Tremble at the warnings: judgment, disaster, doom, tumult, wrath, anger, punishment. God promises a coming time when we will face an accounting, and He will not withhold judgment. And He promises this that you will know that I am the Lord.
The glorious tie between His foretold judgment and our salvation is Jesus. All this punishment, every ounce of the wrath we deserve, every ripple of spreading pain from sin, was borne by our unblemished Savior. Because of His death, we can know Him and live free from sin’s promised penalty, our ransom paid in full. (Isaiah 53:4-6; John 3:16; 17:3; 1 Peter 2:22-25)
For today, what do we think of sin that is an affront to God? Do we make light of crude entertainment, profanity, idolatry, and gossip at expense of others? Have we slipped into self-righteousness by comparing ourselves with others? What if we looked at Jesus’s holy face, and held His nail-scarred hands- would we care more what He thinks? May we take heed lest we fall, and take Jesus as our Deliverer in both immediate and lifelong decisions. (Romans 10:6-14)