The Wicked Slain (Ezekiel 9)
By Benjamin H. Liles
Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, "Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand...Just then, the man clothed with linen, who had the inkhorn at his side, reported back and said, "I have done as You commanded me." ~ Ezekiel 9:1-11
As we keep moving forward with this study on Ezekiel we see that God has the right, as both Judge and Ruler over Israel and the nations to mete out according to His holiness. Can wickedness and sinfulness be tolerated in Heaven? No! There is a reason God tossed out the most anointed cherub down to the earth for his vanity and glory: "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit" (Isaiah 14:12, 14, 15).
So we see God doing this same within the walls of Jerusalem, especially at the Temple. The people, from the priests down to the last man, were offering incense and sacrifices to their own god, rather than their God who delivered them out of the hand of Egypt. And even though Ezekiel is written by and large for Israel, there is something we see even today happening in our world. People, overall, are idolizing their own god. Money and wealth, sex, sensualism, foreign gods, so forth and so on. God has had enough!
We have His laws which He gave to Moses. Not only that we have His laws written on our hearts! How long, o man, will you thumb your nose at God, not fearing Him, thinking He will not return and do as He wills? Do you not recall how he made you higher than the angels? (see 1 Corinthians 6:3-4). Stop your sining! Do you believe God delights in expending His wrath towards you? Not hardly. But He must and He will execute judgment according to who He is.
But now let me talk to you as a man who loves his bride, and not as a law-giving and law-abiding judge. You; yes, you. He created you to bear His image. He chose you, to clothe you in the finest of white garments. He sees your rosy cheeks. He sees those clear and beautiful eyes that you have. And you hair: he loves every number of hair on your head. He is not the kind of God who is displeased with what He's made. He exalts Himself with the Creation He meant to stand by His side.
Yet, in spite of how His tender and gracious love is towards you, He will do as He pleases. Those with whom He is gracious to is His right. He will judge according to a man's heart. This is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ.
We read, in scripture, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God" (John 3:16-21, all in bold about His judgment on men who choose to disbelieve and disobey Him).
So, we know this to be true that God will judge each and every man, not just according to his faith, but how he stands with the Son, Jesus the Messiah. I suggest as the days keep growing shorter and shorter that you recognize this as Him coming and rather quickly. We may not be in Revelation as of yet, but He is shortening the days! We're told in His word, "If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened" (Matthew 24:22, Berean Study). Recognize the signs!
I pray this helps you to find and come to a working relationship with God, the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ as time is coming to a close. As Peter said, "The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9, Holman Christian Standard). Come now and reason with the God of all. Let Him declare you, in Jesus' name, being clean and made whole. I? pray this finds each and all well. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.