September 4, 2018: SOAP #3197:  Ezekiel 22-24; Revelation 9 Scripture:  Ezekiel (NIV) 22:2 “Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices 3 and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood […]

September 4, 2018: SOAP #3197:  Ezekiel 22-24; Revelation 9

Scripture:  Ezekiel (NIV) 22:2 “Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices 3 and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols, 4 you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore, I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughing-stock to all the countries.

Observation:   It is an issue that I would rather not address, but when the issue is addressed in public, it must be addressed by those who want to be known as God's servants.   God hates the shedding of blood.   He does not like the destruction of life, even when it is for a just cause, or done as a deserved punishment.   But there is one thing He hates even more"the shedding of innocent blood!     For Israel, it was the sacrificing of their children to the idol gods.    For the USA it is the destruction of life in the womb.   Surely no life is more innocent than life yet to be born!   Surely what is being formed in God's image has value!

Israel brought 'doom on herself' as does the United States.  In a time of economic growth, we are again brought face to face with the 'a' issue.   We cannot set back thinking all is well, as a Supreme Court Justice will be chosen that may need to deal with the 'a' issue.

Application:   Knowing that some media have ways to censor our communication, I have chosen to use the 'a' word, knowing that most of my readers will understand.   We must speak up to the Lord in prayer, and to those who will listen in our circle of influence.   Do not think that our growing economy means that God is not concerned about this issue!!!

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, may we be concerned with what concerns you!   Amen

Pastor Leon
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