Ezekiel 18:30-32 (JDV)
Ezekiel 18:30 “Therefore, house of Israel, I will judge each one of you according to his ways.” This is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh. “Repent and turn from all your rebellious acts, so they will not become a failing stumbling block to you.
Ezekiel 18:31 Throw off all the rebellions you have committed and get yourselves a new heart and a new breath. Why should you die, house of Israel?
Ezekiel 18:32 For I take no pleasure in anyone’s death.” This is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh. “So repent and live!
I cringe when I hear someone explain the death of their loved one by saying that God needed another angel in heaven. What an insult to God to blame him for a person’s death. He has made it clear in this Scripture and many others — that he takes no pleasure in anyone’s death.
The first death was caused by our ancestor’s rebellion, and the second death is caused by our own. If we want to blame anyone for death, the finger has to be pointed back to us. The good news is that God has a Way for us to avoid the second death. What God wants is not for us to die and be with him, but to repent and live.
LORD, thank you for making a way for us to escape the second death.