Wow! Did He really say that?


I was reading fairly recently in the book of Ezekiel and wanted to share a couple of passages I came across.  I believe this first one in chapter 3 applies to those of us who have had our eyes opened.

Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”

That is some very serious stuff!

And take a look at this one in Ezekiel 18:5-32  ~ this was DEFINITELY not taught to me in “sunday school”!!

IF a man is righteous and does what is just and right—IF he

  • does not eat upon the mountains (the high places)
  • or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel,
  • does not defile his neighbor’s wife
  • or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity,
  • does not oppress anyone,
  • but restores to the debtor his pledge,
  • commits no robbery,
  • gives his bread to the hungry and
  • covers the naked with a garment,
  • does not lend at interest
  • or take any profit,
  • withholds his hand from injustice,
  • executes true justice between man and man,
  • walks in my statutes, and
  • keeps my rules by acting faithfully

—HE IS RIGHTEOUS; he shall surely live, declares YHWH Elohim.

“If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife,oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he (the son) then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself.

“Now suppose this man fathers a son who sees all the sins that his father (the second son above) has done; he sees, and does not do likewise: he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,withholds his hand from iniquity,takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live. As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he (his father) shall die for his iniquity.

“Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

“But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares YHWH Elohim, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

“Yet you say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is My way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ O house of Israel, are My ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares YHWH Elohim. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares YHWH Elohim; so turn, and live.”


 

Here is another one in Ezekiel 33 ~ Why are we not taught these things??? The first 9 verses are basically a repeat of the above from chapters 3 and 18, but then it goes on to say in verses 10-20:

“And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’Say to them, As I live, declares YHWH Elohim, I have NO pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall NOT deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it WHEN HE TURNS from his wickedness, and the righteous shall NOT be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die. (YIKES!)

Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ yet IF he turns from his sin and does what is just and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, (think about Zaccheus) and walks in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. NONE of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.

“Yet your people say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just,’ when it is their OWN way that is not just. When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it. And when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this. Yet you say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

 

Selah.

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8 thoughts on “Wow! Did He really say that?

  1. tribalmamaemily says:

    I hear ya but we must not forget the begining of your post clearly states…”whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.” I think this was specifically directed to the prophet. We should be desiring the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1) but we must also do so in proportion to our faith. (Romans 12:6) Also I think it best to keep in mind that these words were written towards men. Us woman have a detailed role which is focused to glorify man (1 Corinthians 11:3-16)…I know, not a popular subject. This role is clearly defined in Titus 2; “…so that the Word of YHWH be not blasphemed.

    • Sojourner says:

      Thanks for the comment, Emily! Will have to do some studying on this… I didn’t notice that it was directed to men only. I do however think that those of us who have come to see the Truth about Scripture are accountable to warn others at least once.

  2. tribalmamaemily says:

    Sure, I’m not saying that~ESPECIALLY IF the Spirit is moving you to do so. *But one just better be sure it is from above.* Like in the above, when the prophet is specifically being told to warn them from HIM, from HIS mouth. But yea the entire Bible is written to men. Us women were just given the right to vote but 94 years ago, remember. This is why I think the new versions today in which are “gender nuetral” are so offensive to us. They have to change the text in order to reprint another version, it’s the rules. And what better way to do so and make more money by selling it to us females…the same thing the serpent did 1000’s years ago. (There is nothing new under the sun.) We were created from man for man, remember? We are to help man do what they were created for, subdue and fill the earth. And I am greatful for Titus 2 to define this for us. I comment to this becasue I have foolishly done a lot of wrong doing under the false thinking/teaching of the way of this world. And I have learned that my walk is far greater a testimony than my words. And today I am reaping the rewards/blessing of returning to HIS ways.

    • Sojourner says:

      I can’t say I agree with you that all of Scripture is written to men. What are you basing that on?

      I do agree that our walk should be what draws people to ask us questions rather than going out and “witnessing” or “evangelizing” door to door.

      • tribalmamaemily says:

        You are correct forgive me, I was trying to establish a mindset and must back track. Scripture as a whole, for the most part, is directed to men. When it is directed to a woman, it clearly defines it as in Genesis 3:16, Numbers 30:3-15, 1 Corin 11:5, 1 Corin 11:13, 1 Corin 14:35, Ephesians 5:22, 1 Tim 2:11&12, and 1 Peter 3:1…come to mind. The way I see it, the Word as a whole however is directed toward men for they are to dress and keep, subdue and fill. Men are the leaders of the tribe, priests and kings of our nation. And yes, we were created to help them. But they have been given the rule/authority to teach and direct us, as they see fit as their help meet. My comment was to provoke thinking… when women “get” this it enables us to see things from a heavenly/Kingdom perspective. Until then we cannot fully grasp our purpose. Thus we are deceived into thinking we are to be doing the works of man which then allows the men to (get lazy) sit back and let their wives do all the work that they were in fact created to do. *SMH* Shamefully this has been demonstrated in Scripture when Deborah accompanies Israel into battle; She said, “I will indeed go with you. But you will not gain fame on the expedition you are taking, for YHWH will turn Sisera over to a woman.”

        Our role has too long been looked at as boring, not needed, or just plain loathed. I am encouraging the authority we have been given to glorify man. May we uplift our own husband and sons to harness the authority that has been given to them and not take away from it. May we strengthen them in their endevors and encourage their pursuits, for perfect love casts out fear.
        Disclaimer. no I am not condoning sin. IF your husband/son is sinning he needs your prayers! NOT your constant rebuke, worrying and or dissapproving attitude. You are however allowed to tell him that he is in sin and how it is affecting you but then drop it. Give it to YHWH and change the only person you can change, YOU.

      • Sojourner says:

        I appreciate your apology, Emily. I am still not sure if I agree with you completely, but I am always open to study =) One thing I greatly appreciate about being a Hebrew is that it doesn’t have to be about “right and wrong”, but we can just sharpen one another as we all learn together! Midrash! I absolutely agree that being a mom who stays home with her children and cooks and cleans is a privilege and does not need to be boring. Boredom is a mindset. =)

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