And they will know that I am the Lord;
I did not threaten in vain
to bring calamity on them.
As of late, we have listened to prognosticators justify their position to remain defiant to the Lord. Many have, in their own foolishness, rationalized that our God, the creator, who is filled with love, willing to forgive, willing to apply grace, and eager to administer mercy, will not punish those who have not accepted His sacrificial offering. Before, we listened to those who would argue that there is no God, and while there are still those who ignore the obvious, we are seeing more and more who acknowledge His existence, but are not willing to accept His provision. We find ourselves reaching out to a spiritual generation, who have found peace with a variety of practices, all of which bare teachings that they omit from study and application.
Our Congregations are being Contaminated by Confused Congregants
Worse, these teachings are creeping into the pews, creating those who worship you with a portion of their hearts, making Sunday for many simply idol worship. As your prophets speak forth truth, the devil works through the congregation, removing that which has not and will not take root, because something has already been planted and is in need of being uprooted.
The Promised Land came with Deed Restrictions
God freed the Israelite; and planted them in a place of wealth. Broke the walls down via a uniformed shout, and placed into the hands of those who experienced a wealth transfer before it was thought to be possible. God enabled them to own and possess, that which was formerly inhabited by others, and issued a Divine Deed, which came with Divine Deed Restrictions. Yes, this concept of Deed Restrictions can be traced back to our Lord :). He allowed each to take residence, and to build and have dominion, but required them to remain pure, and no matter what, to have No other God! Worship no other God! Don’t take on the practices of those God has placed under your feet!
Despite the Deed Restriction…
And yep, you guessed it; before their bags were good an unpacked, they began to accept and adopt the practices of the former inhabitants, building idols, and placing them in the house of the Lord to be worshiped. The admired and acted about their cultural practices, merging them with their culture and making them into a defiled nation in the land which God provided for them! And yep, after many chances to change, God found himself at this point. Much like He stood before bringing the Flood, and again with Sodom, He watched His creation sin before Him as though He wouldn’t take action.
How many Restricted Deeds have you performed?
And for those keeping track, He once again decides to punish the ones He loves. His punishment would not just keep them from prosperity, but would allow them to suffer physically, mentally and spiritually. This is important because this age has convinced not just non-believers, but believers that God will withhold punishment just because He loves us! This is a lie! Even under the new covenant, the God that never changes stands firmly with the Word He has spoken, and upholds His promise by allowing the children of Israel to reap the fruits of their covenant with false gods!
God’s Word is Sustained by Him
You think I’m playing, God is probably thinking! He speaks through Ezekiel and says, in addition to my Word not return void, but It’s also not spoken “in vain.” See, with God, there is no “idle threat”. God’s Word is life people, thus much like speaking the heavens, the earth, every plant, and life form into existence, God’s covenant is a product of His Word, which means it is alive, and His promise of punishment and calamity are factual not possible or even probably!
We read God’s word as though is has not been through final edits. The reality is that God’s Word has already been proofed, and its verbalization is publication. His Word to us seems possible and probably, but its actual. God’s Word give new meaning to the coined phrase “taking a life of its own.” Because God can not lie, His Words are life and truth, and can be counted as dependable. And not just dependable when it benefits your situation, but when it works against your own circumstances.
When you need God, He is there, standing by His Word, honoring His covenant, protecting truth, upholding the standard of righteousness, carrying out justice, while balanced with love, mercy and grace. It is amazing to me to me that as earthly parents, we chastise and punish our children, and administer judgement with those we are in relationship with, with a measure of mercy and grace, but somehow can not fathom that God can carry out the same. God is more balanced than we are. He is truly fair and just, and carries out judgement not as a respecter of persons, but as one who hold the standard across the ages. Moses looked but didn’t enter, David collected but didn’t build, Saul met the end of a sword, Solomon had the Kingdoms ripped from his hands…..Etc.
What more do you need to hear? God honors His Word. He stands bye His covenant. He sends Angles and Prophets in addition to providing us His Word to show us how to warn us, and remind us how to honor and live within the covenant with us, and yes, when we fail to live up to His standard, punishment is given to those loves.
He will Keep His Word! He promised them that calamity is coming. It is coming to those who refuse to Keep His Word and or accepts His covenant. The great news is that God gives us a choice. You can choose Him, or you can reject Him. It’s your choice. And though you are not forced to accept Him as Savior and Lord, you can not reject Him as judge! One day He will divide the sheep from the goats, and He will Keep His Word!