“Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they…” (Ezekiel 16:52).TEXT — Ezekiel 16:44-52
Many years ago, a man wanted to play in the Imperial Orchestra, but he could not play a note. Since he was a person of great wealth and influence, he demanded to be allowed to join the orchestra so that he could perform in front of the king. The conductor agreed to let him sit in the second row of the orchestra. Even though he could not read music, he was given a flute and when a concert would begin, he would raise his instrument, pucker his lips and move his fingers. He went through all the motions of playing but never made a sound.
This deception went on for two years. Then one day, a new conductor took over the orchestra. He told the group that he wanted to personally audition all the players to see how well they could play. The audition would weed out those who did not meet his standards. Frantic with worry when it was his turn, the phony flutist pretended to be sick but the doctor who examined him declared that he was perfectly well. Shamefacedly, the man had to confess that he was a fake.
In our passage, God confronts the people of Judah with their sins and atrocities, which had exceeded those of other hideous nations as Samaria and Sodom whom He had punished. The people of Judah, who knew more of the righteous demands of God and had even witnessed His punishment on erring heathen nations, should have lived better.
Like them, many people know about the grace of God and how to be free from sin but in reality, they are fakes? If they fail to repent, damnation awaits them in eternity. If you profess to be saved from sin, the proof is a daily life of righteousness and transparent holiness.
Thought for the day
The life you live determines your relationship with the Lord.
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- 2 CHRONICLES 13 – 17