Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Does God Still Need Intercessors?

When God Points Out To "a Land Sinning Against Him", Does It Mean A Country, City, Village Or A Land Literally?

Question : What did God mean in Ezekel 14:12-14 when He says about "a land sinning against Him?" Was He speaking of a Town, Country or the ground itself? How does the land sin against him?

Thank you for answering. I am confused and don't understand.

Answer : Here below is the exact prophetic word that God spoke to Ezekiel the prophet,
"12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying: 13 “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 14:12-14).

A land in itself is a non-human, lifeless and material entity which has no life in it. When God speaks about a land sinning against Him by persistent unfaithfulness, it is not about the land in itself that He is speaking about, but about the people who are living in it who has the ability to sin against the Lord.

Only humans are created in the image of God and therefore are consciously capable of sinning and breaking the laws of God. When Adam sinned, God mercifully did not curse him or his descendants, but only the ground on which he and his descendants will work to live and survive in this world
(Gen 3:17-19). This shows that when God curses a land or stretches out His hand against the ground on which the people of the land are living, automatically famine will spread on it and as a result of it the people who depend on the land and the animals to survive will therefore cease to exist.

God loves the sinners living in any land but hates the sin they do because sin destroys human life on earth. In fact God who rules the universe soveriegnly as a just judge is actually angry with the wicked people everyday
(Psa 7:11), but because of His mercies and grace, He provides benevolently material blessing and sustenance to both the good and the evil men together so that they might grope for this good God and find Him in their lives to be saved from sin (Matt 5:45; Acts 17:27). The land does mean also country, town and even a small village community according to its context in the Bible (Deut 28:3; Gen 18:20; Ezek 38:11). God does expects all men to turn from their sins for a long time, but when the cup of iniquity which is a set time of God for the maximum time of his mercies and grace to extend for a land, nation or a city becomes filled to the full, then God destroys the land with its people because in God's foreknowledge they could only become harm to other inhabitants of the earth rather than be a blessing (Ezek 18:23, 20-22; Gen 15:13, 16; Rev 16:9). God destroys a land only when the cup of iniquity of sin and rebellion against God hits the maximum limits of mercy and grace of God (Lev 18:24-25). In this God proves to be a righteous judge of all nations and has promised to judge all nations and the world for its sins (Daniel 2:21; 4:17; Psa 9:8; 98:9; Isa 13:11).

Those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved from sin
(Rom 10:13), others who keep on sinning against the Lord will soon be judged for their iniquity (Psa 79:6). Men like Noah, Daniel, and Job were righteous because they called on the name of the Lord and were justified by God through Jesus' future sacrifice in their times, which Jesus actually fulfilled by coming to the earth two thousand years ago (Gal 3:11; 2:16; Rom 3:20; Rev 13:8). We see the world not judged like in the olden times because for the last two thousand years the intercession of Jesus for the sinners and the saints alike was received by God (John 17:9; Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25), unlike the times of old when His heart longed for atleast a single human intercessor who would appeal to Him to extend His grace and mercies to be shown to unworthy sinners but hardly found anyone in for each generation (Ezek 22:30-31; Mic 7:18-19). Along with Jesus even today God is looking for volunteer intercessors (Psa 72:15), those willing to lay down their lives for a cause of the salvation of sinners (Isa 64:7, Jer 30:13, Isa 59:16, Jer 27:18, Isa 53:12, Ezek 22:30-31, Psalms 106:23). The Scripture reveals that Jesus was willing to become sin and lay down His life so that others like us could find forgiveness (Isa 53:12). Are we willing to be like Jesus in sacrificing our self life and be a blessing to world that is lost in sin? If we are willing, we should call on the name of the Lord and become the Lord's intercessor for the lost sinful world around us. Never forget, we are blessed to be a blessing!

Much Blessings...


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