I got behind again. I’m going to do that more. I will probably do this once per week and list seven verses rather than one per day. To catch up, we are doing five passages today. There are actually six verses, but Eph. 5:5-7 is a repeat to show that the idea of Ezek. 18:21-24 and 33:11-16 have carried over into the new covenant. I won’t count that one since it’s a repeat. I am using 1 Cor. 10:1-12 today because it goes with Ezek. 18 & 33 as well.
These first two passages are from the Hebrew Scriptures rather than the apostles’ writings. I think their application to us today and their expression of the Father’s heart toward us are clear.
Ezekiel 18:21-24: “If the wicked will turn from all his sins which he has committed, keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he will surely live. He will not die. All of the transgressions which he has committed shall not be mentioned to him. In the righteousness that he has done, he will live. Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked” says the Lord GOD, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? But when the righteous turns from his righteousness, commits iniquity, does all the same abominations that the wicked do, shall he live? All the righteousness that he has done will not be mentioned. In the trespass in which he has trespassed, and in the sin in which he has sinned, in them he shall die.”
Ezekiel 33:11-16: “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked should turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’
“Therefore, you son of man, say to the children of your people, ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him in the day of his transgression. As for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness. Nor shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sins.’
“When I tell the righteous that he will surely live, if he trusts his own righteousness and commits iniquity, all his righteousness will not be remembered, but for the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die for it.
“Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does that which is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the sins which he has committed will be mentioned to him. He has done that which is lawful and right. He will live.”
Ephesians 5:5-7: For this you know, that no sexually immoral, nor unclean, nor greedy person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of the Anointed One and of God.
1 Corinthians 10:1-12: In addition, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all at the same spiritual meat, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was the King.
But with many of them God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things were our typological examples, so that we would not lust after evil things, like they lusted. Nor be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” Nor let us practice immorality, as some of them did, and in one doy 23,000 men fell. Nor let us tempt the King, as some of them tempted, and were destroyed by snakes. Nor murmur, as some of them also murmured and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Now all these things happened to them for typological examples, and they are written down for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the age have come. Therefore let the one that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.
Hebrews 3:12-14: Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Instead, exhort one another daily, while it is called “today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of the King, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast to the end.
Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things I say?”