Theme: THE PRACTICE OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS
Text: “And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” – Ezekiel 9:4.
Comment: The Bible reveals that God has a controversy with the world because “there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.” – Hosea 4:1-3.
In the text for today, those who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land are those who give themselves to the practice of God’s righteousness and as such they would naturally detest anything that runs contrary to the will of God.
When God destroyed the first world with a deluge of water because of the iniquity of the inhabitants of the world at that time, He spared only righteous Noah (and his family of seven) because of his righteousness (Genesis 6:1-8; 7:1). Also, when God sent angels to destroy the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrha for their grievous sins, He delivered Lot (and his two daughters) because of his righteous inclination. – 2 Peter 2:5-8.
God Almighty knows those who engage in unrighteousness and abominable acts and He will not spare them, hence the clear instruction given to the destroying angel “And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite; let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity… but come not near any man upon whom is the mark: and begin at my sanctuary…” – Ezekiel 9:5,6.