God’s witheld hand.

Ezekiel 20:21-22 “But the children rebelled against me. They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths.’Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.” Brethren, this is THE theme throughout scripture. God recaps Israel’s history of consistent rebellion against Himself. Almost every time God’s response to rebellion was immediately “they will know my wrath and anger”. To be in the wrathfully hands of God is a fearful thing. God, however, as He always does, thought about how His glorification would be stained by utterly destroying His people amidst the gentile nations. He would not be seen as a merciful and loving God, though He is THE merciful and loving God. So, in His love and mercy, God has allowed Israel to live with consequences for their sin, but Israel was still breathing. Do we consider that today? How we truly deserve utter desolation and banishment to Hell, but God in a His grace sent Jesus Christ to die for our rebellion to be toned for. Glory to God for His grace and mercy. Give Him that honor today.

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