Judge And Jury 

Ezekiel 35:13
“Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.”

The inhabitants of Mount Sier, a nation south and east of ancient Israel, were about to face the consequences of continually rejecting the grace of God. Ezekiel points out, they would be held accountable for the words they had continually spoken against God. Perhaps the idea is that they had brought accusation after accusation against God, without ever taking the time to examine their own lives. This seems to be very common today. How often have we heard someone accuse God of wrong? Perhaps they are facing some level of personal difficulty, or maybe they are simply reacting to the evils of the world and they cry out, “How can God let this happen?” The statements may vary, but the indictment is the same. They are essentially accusing God of wrongdoing.

I find it interesting that even the least religious, and perhaps most immoral, still seem to see themselves as judge and jury when it comes to the actions of God. Without hesitation or the slightest amount of mercy, we are so quick to blame God for the evils of the world. While at the same time, we accuse Him of wrong if He dares to call any of our actions sinful or unholy.

It is important to remember that God is judge. He is the one who determines what is right or wrong, sinful or holy, good or bad. It is also important to remember, He has provided a way to forgive and cleanse all of us, through the cross of Christ. Instead of accusing God of wrong, let’s come to Him and receive the forgiveness He offers for the sins we have committed.

Pastor Jim


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