Saturday, March 04, 2017

Ezekiel 18:1-4 A Proverb Annulled

Ezekiel 18:1-4 (KJV)
The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Ezekiel 18:30 (KJV)
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Here is an Old Testament lesson on individual responsibility and individual soul liberty. The proverb (which is here annulled) is a simple one; the father does a wrong and the children pay the consequences.

One application[1] is that of the Gentiles. A Gentile belongs to God as much as any Jew. A Gentile therefore is not bound to the sinful practices and idolatry of the pagans but can come to know salvation of his own accord. A child has the right to choose to come out of any practice of his family and follow Christ. God will acknowledge that soul as His own.

Jesus brought the fulfillment of this passage[2] when He established the church made up of a new man brought out of the Jews and the Gentiles.

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Ezekiel 18:1-4 A Proverb Annulled

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[1] Though this particular one is not found in the context of this passage
[2] And the annulment of the proverb

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