November 16: “Calling the Wayward Sinner Back”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Ezekiel 33:1–34:31
Hebrews 13:1-25
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 27:21-22

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Ezekiel 33:11 (CSB): “Tell them, ‘As I live—this is the declaration of the Lord God—I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel?’”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

As we read through the Bible, we cannot help but realize that God loathes sin. And, as we continue to read, we also cannot help but realize that God is holy and must punish sin (Exodus 34:7; Numbers 14:8; Nahum 1:3; etc.).

Yet, if we are not careful, we may come to the erroneous conclusion that God delights in punishing the wicked sinner. We may assume that it gives Him pleasure to send the wicked off to their eternal doom in Hell.

But, that’s where our Verse for Today informs and corrects us. Our God loves His creation. He loves the people of the world. While He finds delight in exercising justice, He finds no pleasure in sending someone to an eternity in Hell. He would much rather have them turn from their sin and turn to Him.

Ezekiel 33:11 (CSB): “Tell them, ‘As I live—this is the declaration of the Lord God—I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel?’”

But, how does God warn the wicked? How does He call them back? Friend, that’s your and my job. He wants us to be His mouthpiece to call people to the cross of Jesus where they can be forgiven and cleansed.

And this is no small matter. As I bring this post to its end, let me share what God says about how obligated we are to call sinners from their sin and to Him. We have been given the Gospel. Are we sharing it?

Ezekiel 33:7–9 (CSB): “As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, give them a warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘Wicked one, you will surely die,’ but you do not speak out to warn him about his way, that wicked person will die for his iniquity, yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. But if you warn a wicked person to turn from his way and he doesn’t turn from it, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have rescued yourself.”

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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