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The Mark- Oct. 10th

October 10, 2011

BIBLE READING PLAN: Ezekiel 7-12

MEDITATION VERSE:

“And the Lord said to him, Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.’”  Ezekiel 9:4 

THOUGHTS:

We live in an intensely politically correct world.  We are constantly told that it is wrong to have an opinion of what other people do.  The premise is that I have no right to have an opinion about someone’s personal choices.  Their choices are the result of their personal decisions and preferences and therefore it should not bother me.  When it does bother me, then I have somehow offended that person by not excepting them.  Judges in courtrooms across the country consistently hand down judgments in favor of those who have been offended. 

 The one that never seems to be considered in these judgments is God.  Does anyone care that God is offended?  God calls many of our personal decisions sin.  Sin offends God.  Sin is a personal affront to God.  What about God?  God considers sin to be an abomination. 

 What offends God should offend those who are His.  In fact, it is a distinguishing characteristic of those who are God’s.  Those who have his “mark” will be grieved by sin.  They will be bothered by their own sin and by the sin of others.  The primary reason we should “sigh and groan” over sin is because of how offensive it is to the honor of God.  Sin dishonors God.

 The fact is that if you do not grieve over sin (your own and others) you may not have God’s mark on your forehead.  Grieving over sin was the distinguishing characteristic of those who received the mark.  If you are fine with your sin and the sin of others; if you redefine sin or justify sin, then you may not have God’s mark on your forehead.  You may just be indistinguishable from all the other idolaters and sinners. 

PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for not taking sin as serious as you do; forgive me for not considering what sin is communicating to you.  Lord, open my eyes to see this world as you do.  Lord, give me a distaste for sin and a love for sinners; let me grieve over this world for the dishonor it is showing you and for the punishment that it is so justly earning.     Amen

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