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Living God or Cosmic Cupcake?

God is frequently misrepresented today as being all love and forgiveness, but, beware, for the Bible reveals a living God who will judge the sin which becomes so comfortable to us.

Today’s reading: Ezekiel 7-9; Hebrews 10:24-39

9 Then he said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’ 10 As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will bring their deeds upon their heads.” Ezekiel 9:9-10

29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:29-31

Ezekiel was sent to proclaim the wrath and judgment of God upon Israel and Judah. Why was He angry with them? They had committed abominable acts of idolatry and murderous injustice. They had grown bold in their sin thinking that God had departed from them, and did not see what they were doing.  They could not imagine the danger they were in, as the Apostle Paul would later ask: “Do you suppose, O man…that you will escape the judgment of God? …But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” [See Romans 2:3-5.] The people of Israel and Judah certainly assumed that they would escape the judgment of God. They could not see that by their sin they were storing up wrath against themselves, and going spiritually blind because of their hard and impenitent hearts. The more they sinned the more they felt comfortable sinning.

The writer to the Hebrews issues a stern warning to his readers. Some of them are tottering on the edge of drifting away from the gospel, their only hope of salvation. Could they not see what they were doing? Didn’t they recognize that they were not merely adjusting to the pressures of life in a hostile society but were about to bring themselves under God’s judgment with those who had trampled underfoot the Son of God? Were they not terrified to profane the blood of the covenant by which Jesus was sanctified? Did it seem nothing to outrage the Spirit of grace?

God will repay. He will judge. Satan blinds the eyes of those who sin and glibly say “the Lord does not see.” Do not be found among those of hard and impenitent hearts. Repent of all known sin. Believe in Jesus and be forgiven. You can only be saved by faith in Him, but you will be lost if, without Christ, you “fall into the hands of the living God.” He is no cosmic cupcake.

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