Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Psalm 51:10-12, NIV

Ezekiel, prophet of God, points out the right way to live that is pleasing to God.  “God’s not fair!,” the sinners shout, because He won’t let us do things that hurt us and others. God always wants the best life for us.  He wants us to live well. We want to do it our way and die!

So, how’s that going for you?  Ezekiel’s words from God clearly, without doubt or misunderstanding, show the difference in living God’s original commandments given to Moses on the original “tablets”.  The difference is life or death.  Your choice.  One way leads to life and the opposite way leads to heartache and eventually death.  Every person, parent or child, as a choice to make with consequences of that choice.

Ezekiel 18, The Message

Judged According to the Way You Live

1-2 God’s Message to me: “What do you people mean by going around the country repeating the saying,

    The parents ate green apples,
    The children got the stomachache?

3-4 “As sure as I’m the living God, you’re not going to repeat this saying in Israel any longer. Every soul—man, woman, child—belongs to me, parent and child alike. You die for your own sin, not another’s.

5-9 “Imagine a person who lives well, treating others fairly, keeping good relationships—

doesn’t eat at the pagan shrines,

doesn’t worship the idols so popular in Israel,

doesn’t seduce a neighbor’s spouse,

doesn’t indulge in casual sex,

doesn’t bully anyone,

doesn’t pile up bad debts,

doesn’t steal,

doesn’t refuse food to the hungry,

doesn’t refuse clothing to the ill-clad,

doesn’t exploit the poor,

doesn’t live by impulse and greed,

doesn’t treat one person better than another,

But lives by my statutes and faithfully

honors and obeys my laws.

This person who lives upright and well

shall live a full and true life.

Decree of God, the Master.

10-13 “But if this person has a child who turns violent and murders and goes off and does any of these things, even though the parent has done none of them—

eats at the pagan shrines,

seduces his neighbor’s spouse,

bullies the weak,


piles up bad debts,

admires idols,

commits outrageous obscenities,

exploits the poor

“—do you think this person, the child, will live? Not a chance! Because he’s done all these vile things, he’ll die. And his death will be his own fault.

14-17 “Now look: Suppose that this child has a child who sees all the sins done by his parent. The child sees them, but doesn’t follow in the parent’s footsteps—

doesn’t eat at the pagan shrines,

doesn’t worship the popular idols of Israel,

doesn’t seduce his neighbor’s spouse,

doesn’t bully anyone,

doesn’t refuse to loan money,

doesn’t steal,

doesn’t refuse food to the hungry,

doesn’t refuse to give clothes to the ill-clad,

doesn’t live by impulse and greed,

doesn’t exploit the poor.

He does what I say;

he performs my laws and lives by my statutes.

17-18 “This person will not die for the sins of the parent; he will live truly and well. But the parent will die for what the parent did, for the sins of—

oppressing the weak,

robbing brothers and sisters,

doing what is dead wrong in the community.

19-20 “Do you need to ask, ‘So why does the child not share the guilt of the parent?’

“Isn’t it plain? It’s because the child did what is fair and right. Since the child was careful to do what is lawful and right, the child will live truly and well. The soul that sins is the soul that dies. The child does not share the guilt of the parent, nor the parent the guilt of the child. If you live upright and well, you get the credit; if you live a wicked life, you’re guilty as charged.

21-23 “But a wicked person who turns his back on that life of sin and keeps all my statutes, living a just and righteous life, he’ll live, really live. He won’t die. I won’t keep a list of all the things he did wrong. He will live. Do you think I take any pleasure in the death of wicked men and women? Isn’t it my pleasure that they turn around, no longer living wrong but living right—really living?

24 “The same thing goes for a good person who turns his back on an upright life and starts sinning, plunging into the same vile obscenities that the wicked person practices. Will this person live? I don’t keep a list of all the things this person did right, like money in the bank he can draw on. Because of his defection, because he accumulates sin, he’ll die.

25-28 “Do I hear you saying, ‘That’s not fair! God’s not fair!’?

“Listen, Israel. I’m not fair? You’re the ones who aren’t fair! If a good person turns away from his good life and takes up sinning, he’ll die for it. He’ll die for his own sin. Likewise, if a bad person turns away from his bad life and starts living a good life, a fair life, he will save his life. Because he faces up to all the wrongs he’s committed and puts them behind him, he will live, really live. He won’t die.

29 And yet Israel keeps on whining, ‘That’s not fair! God’s not fair.’

“I’m not fair, Israel? You’re the ones who aren’t fair.

30-32 “The upshot is this, Israel: I’ll judge each of you according to the way you live. So turn around! Turn your backs on your rebellious living so that sin won’t drag you down. Clean house. No more rebellions, please. Get a new heart! Get a new spirit! Why would you choose to die, Israel? I take no pleasure in anyone’s death. Decree of God, the Master.

“Make a clean break! Live!”


Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6

The way to God and all his blessings of growing His character deep within us is to repent of our sins to Jesus, His Son who took the punishment for our sins.  This is the “way” to God.  We can rely on Jesus because He is Truth, there is no falsehood in Him.  Jesus died so that we may live forever with God.  Therefore, He is Life!

God is very fair, completely righteous, and desires that all would escape death and live forever with Him.  “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9

So, make a clean break!  Live!  Believe and be saved! 

Love God.  Love Others like He loves us.  It’s revolutionary!


I trust you, dear Jesus!  God, I believe all that you have said is really real and can be trusted.  Thank you for life everlasting all because of your relentless love for me.  Help me to grow in this love.  Help me to love others like you love me.

In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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