Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 13:1-15:8 / Hebrews 8:1-13 / Psalm 120
The Pledge of Allegiance contains this phrase, “…one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” The words “under God” have been a source of contention since they were added in 1954 and they have prompted several legal challenges in recent years. America was founded on Biblical principles yet today, our nation has visibly denied and rebelled against God’s Word and Way.
Even though the United States has rejected God, there are some who believe the favor and blessing of God still rests on the U.S. because we are a “Christian” nation. In reality, that thinking only fosters false hope. Ezekiel’s words remind us that God will deal with a nation’s sin and that the righteousness of a few will not spare God’s wrath or preserve the wicked.
“If a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its men and their animals, even if these three men – Noah, Daniel and Job – were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 14:12-14)
The mercy of God is far reaching but there will come a time when the justice of God will be rendered and the wrath of His judgment will fall. Ezekiel speaks of a fourfold judgment that would come upon Israel. They would face God’s wrath in the form of famine, wild beasts, plagues and the sword. Life would waste away from famine, plagues would devastate young and old alike, streets would be covered with the blood shed from enemy swords, and wild beasts would freely roam and devour the desolate land and people.
God is directly addressing Judah here but widens the message “If a country sins…” Any nation that sins against God will incur His holy and righteous wrath. “Christian” America is not exempt or immune from God’s justice. God did not spare Jerusalem, Judah and Israel…why do we think He will spare America? Just as Judah was carried away to Babylon because of her unfaithfulness, our nation faces unavoidable judgment.
God’s wrath would be inescapable and even the righteousness of Noah, Daniel and Job could not spare the people from the coming judgment. Noah saved his family, Daniel rescued his friends, and Job prayed for his three friends and delivered them; but no one’s intercession would save Jerusalem or anyone in it. A person’s righteousness could save only himself or herself; it could not save another.
There will come a day when God will pour out His judgment on this world, including The United States of America. It is imperative that we pray for man’s redemption and share His love with this lost world. It is also imperative that we faithfully live in the light of His salvation and presence because… only the righteous survive.