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defense or defender

Ezekiel 18:1-4 (JDV)

Ezekiel 18:1 The word of Yahveh happened to me. This is what it said:
Ezekiel 18:2 “What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel: ‘The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?
Ezekiel 18:3 As I live” – this is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh – “you will no longer use this proverb in Israel.
Ezekiel 18:4 Notice, every throat belongs to me. The throat of the father is like the throat of the son – both belong to me. The throat who fails is the one who will die.

defense or defender

The LORD was tired of a people who kept blaming someone else for their sins. He reminded them that each individual possessed his own throat — and thus was responsible for his own life and his own appetite. Yet each was also responsible to him because every throat was his.

Our generation is also adept at blaming those who have gone before us. But on judgment day, “someone else did something else” will not cut it as a defense for our own sins. The books will be open, and those books record the personal choices of each defendant. The throat who fails is the one who will die.

The gospel challenges us all to realize that we have no one to blame but ourselves, so we have no defense. Therefore, we need a defender. Christ — the one who went to the cross for us — offers himself. We would be fools not to accept his offer.

LORD, we accept responsibility for our own actions and plead the blood of Christ for their atonement.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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