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“Why Should You Die?” A Deeper Look at Ezekiel 18:31-32
יחזקאל 18:31-32 (WLC):
הַשְׁלִ֣יכוּ מֵעֲלֵיכֶ֗ם אֶת־כָּל־פִּשְׁעֵיכֶם֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר פְּשַׁעְתֶּ֣ם בָּ֔ם וַעֲשׂ֥וּ לָכֶ֛ם לֵ֥ב חָדָ֖שׁ וְר֣וּחַ חֲדָשָׁ֑ה וְלָ֥מָּה תָמֻ֖תוּ בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
כִּ֣י לֹ֤א אֶחְפֹּץ֙ בְּמ֣וֹת הַמֵּ֔ת נְאֻ֖ם אֲדֹנָ֣י יְהוִ֑ה וְהָשִׁ֖יבוּ וִֽחְיֽוּ׃ פ
“Cast off from upon you all of your transgressions which you have committed! Then make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in anyone’s death!” says the Lord Yahweh. “Now repent so that you may live!”
Biblical Context: Yahweh called and appointed Ezekiel as a prophet over the house of Israel after he had been carried off into exile. Much of Ezekiel’s ministry was warning God’s people of their sin and Yahweh’s coming judgment (i.e., the destruction of Jerusalem and exile) so that they could repent, turn from their sin to the Living God. Within Ezekiel 18, Yahweh addresses an Israelite proverb which accused Yahweh of injustice! The people declared they were being punished for their ancestors’ sin(s), not their own (v. 2)! Yahweh answered His people by saying that each individual is judged for their own sin or righteousness and He declared two truths: 1) The righteous shall live, but the sinner shall die (vv. 5-20); and 2) The sinner who repents of their sin shall live, but the righteous who repents of their righteousness shall die (vv. 21-29)! In light of these things, in Ezekiel 18:31-32, Yahweh commands His people Israel to act! Continue reading “Why Should You Die?” A Deeper Look at Ezekiel 18:31-32
Desire to HEAR God? P.S.O.A.P. may help!
There are so many times that I speak with people about hearing God. The good news for us is that we CAN actually HEAR from Him! Not only that, but we CAN actually engage in CONVERSATION with Him! Below is a devotional tool, P.S.O.A.P., which has been a help to me and to many others over the years to begin to engage in meaningful conversation with the Living God.
Question (Q): What is P.S.O.A.P.?
Answer (A): P.S.O.A.P. is a devotional tool that was developed by a man who served as an associate pastor for many years at New Life Church in order to help people engage in meaningful and transformational devotions with the Lord.
Christianity is not merely a religion but also a relationship with the Living God through faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is important that we individually and corporately learn how to engage and grow in our relationship with God! All relationships grow through time spent together and through conversation with one another. P.S.O.A.P. is a tool to help us grow in our relationship with God by spending time with Him through genuine conversation.
Q: Who should want to do P.S.O.A.P.? Continue reading Desire to HEAR God? P.S.O.A.P. may help!
Rejoice Exceedingly! A closer look at Zechariah 9:9
זכריה 9:9 (WLC):
9 גִּילִ֨י מְאֹ֜ד בַּת־צִיּ֗וֹן הָרִ֙יעִי֙ בַּ֣ת יְרוּשָׁלִַ֔ם הִנֵּ֤ה מַלְכֵּךְ֙ יָ֣בוֹא לָ֔ךְ צַדִּ֥יק וְנוֹשָׁ֖ע ה֑וּא עָנִי֙ וְרֹכֵ֣ב עַל־חֲמ֔וֹר וְעַל־עַ֖יִר בֶּן־אֲתֹנֽוֹת׃
9 Rejoice exceedingly, O Daughter of Zion! Raise a shout, O Daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold! Your King shall come to you! Righteous and having salvation is He!
He is lowly and riding upon a donkey, upon a male donkey, a son of female donkeys.
Biblical Context: The prophet Zechariah was a contemporary of the prophet Haggai (cf., Hag. 1:1; Zech. 1:1), was among those who returned from the exile, and was instrumental in calling people to finish the rebuilding of the temple. Yahweh gave Zechariah an apocalyptic message to proclaim, a message which pointed toward the coming of the Messiah (Christ Jesus). Zechariah 9:9 is just one of those Messianic proclamations and is explicitly identified as such in the Gospels (cf., Matt. 21:1-5; Jn. 12:14-15). Within this verse we see an emphatic command to praise! Continue reading Rejoice Exceedingly! A closer look at Zechariah 9:9