I Will Cut You Down (Ezekiel 5-8)

11 Therefore, as I live, declares the Lord God, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will withdraw.[c] My eye will not spare, and I will have no pity.  Ezekiel 5:11

As you read the above Scripture, you notice I underlined the words, “I will withdraw.” These words were communicated from God to Ezekiel to share with a people who had turned away from God. The footnote in my Bible reads:

“Some Hebrew manuscripts, “I will cut you down.”

In his last album, before his death, Johnny Cash recorded a song with this question in one of the songs, “What are you going to do when God comes to cut you down?”

Brothers and sisters, is our God heartless and harsh? Does He inflict wrath for no reason?

Consider Ezekiel 8. God outlines his reasons for cutting Israel down:

  1. She, in her sin, had driven God from His own house of worship.
  2. She, in her sin, was secretly worshipping false Gods.
  3. She, in her sin, had openly turned her back on God.

God was not harsh nor was He heartless. For generations, He endured the above sins. For generations, He called the people back, but they would not repent. Now, this was God’s last call. He was going to cut the people down.

Question: Have you ever considered what this means? Let me explain what this means in two aspects:

The aspect of now:

The people would experience famine and would even resort to eating their own children. The people would be destroyed by disease, disaster, and war. The children would be enslaved by Israel’s enemies. When God cuts a person down he or she loses the favor of God.

Now, I know there are those who say, I have plenty of riches. I don’t need God. But wait, Ezekiel wrote, “Silver and God will not be able to deliver you from the day of wrath.” (7:19).

The now of God’s cutting is worse than we have ever experienced in America.

The aspect of forever:

When God cuts a person down, he or she will die in their sins and then in eternity they will experience the wrath of God forever and forever (Rev. 14:11-12). In the place called Hell, there is continual suffering and pain. In Hell there is no regret, no remorse, only hatred for God. It is an eternal miserable place of judgment that will never end.

As I consider all of this, I am so thankful that God opened my eyes before the day of wrath. I am so thankful Jesus was cut down in my place (Isaiah 53). I am so thankful He is my deliver.

As I consider all of this, I lean into asking God for a different heart:

  • I want a heart that is broken for a lost and dying world. I know of no-one that I want God to cut down.
  • I want a pleading heart that engages people where they are, sharing with them the glorious news of Jesus saves.
  • I want a Spirit-filled heart that is bold in sharing the gospel with impact.

Yes, I want people to be delivered from the wrath to come. I know this is your desire as well.

2 Questions:

  1. How has todays subject spoken to your heart?
  2. How will you make adjustments to your weekend based on what you have read today?

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