Sunday, February 17, 2019

February 17 - Ezekiel 18

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 18. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God brings to questions a proverb that was commonly used in Ezekiel's day- "The parents eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge." The proverb meant that if a parent sinned, the child would also be accountable for the parent's sin and bear the weight of it.
  • God sheds some light on it and paints a picture of three generations of men. The first man lived a good, moral life and had a son. The son grew up and lived an evil life. The evil man had a son and when the son grew up, he lived a good life that was pleasing to God. God explains that each man will be accountable for his own sins and be judged individually. He goes further and says that just because the evil man lived an evil life doesn't mean his son will be judged for it and just because the good man lived a good life doesn't mean that his son will be saved and automatically benefit from his goodness.
  • God closes by telling the Israelites directly that He will judge each person individually and urges them to do good, get new hearts, repent and live!
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is explaining a concept to the Israelites that was completely foreign to them. During that time, the culture had a very strong sense of family and community, so when one person did something wrong, they viewed the sin as a tarnish on the family and future generations. God puts an end to this thinking and refutes the famous proverb so that no one would believe that their own salvation or lack thereof, was determined by the father or family. Everyone's salvation is determined by their own individual belief and actions.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

Do you have someone in your life that seems to be continually bringing you down? Are you involved in a negative situation that you have no control over? Remember that God doesn't judge you based on bad circumstances or poor situations. God looks to you and only you and wants to know what you think of Him. Not what other around you think of Him. God desires a relationship with you so pray to Him and spend some time with Him because He loves you a lot and wants to listen.