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Friday, August 1, 2014

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In his proclamations against the nations Ezekiel has come full circle.  Mount Seir and Edom were mentioned in the first message of Ezekiel in chapter 25.  Now Seir and Edom come back into focus.  The purpose of these messages is to show that the future deliverance of Israel may be portrayed. 

The Edomites have been merciless in delivering both Israel and Judah to the sword.  Now they themselves will be pursued by the sword.  There is no mountain, valley, or ravine where they can escape to and hide. They have pursued bloodshed.  Now bloodshed will pursue them.  Injustice may rule for a time, but in the end judgment will match the deeds of the one who does not repent.

When the Lord returns, how will He judge those who bear His name?  We can meet Him in peace only to the extent we ourselves have pursued a just peace here below.  “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” (Matt 5:9).

What is my response when the innocent suffer?  Do I join the throng that would turn against them as the mob of old condemned and crucified Jesus?  Or do I side with justice and truth?  At the end of the day that is what the judge of all the earth is looking for.  Then our perfect doctrines will not count, whatever their importance in the right place.  It is how I have treated my fellow human beings that will matter.

Ross Cole
Senior Lecturer
Avondale College, Australia