His blood I will require at your hand.

Ezekiel 33:8,9. These verses should make every one of us tremble, when we realize how many professed Christians within the Church don’t bother to warn a soul of the coming judgment of God. It would seem that Paul had these verses in mind when he spoke of his responsibility to God and man (see Acts 18:6; 20:26,27). To help your hearers consider the seriousness of the situation (whether you are speaking to a crowd or just one person), you may like to say, “If you refuse to repent and you die in your sins, if your eyes and mine meet on the Day of Judgment, I am free from your blood because I haven’t held back from telling you the truth.”

Ezekiel 33:8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

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One Response to His blood I will require at your hand.

  1. Gary says:

    Our approach to others should initially be that of love … not confrontation or condemnation.

    We need to look at the situation and environment that Ezekiel was facing. He had spent considerable time prophesying to them only to be rejected. This response is so like the Apostle Paul’s response when he kept getting rejected by the Jews in Acts 18:5-6 (see below).

    I’m not one to try to scare people into the faith. I’ve found that if people have their faith based on being afraid of going to hell rather than being based on God’s love and mercy, they don’t last too long in the faith because nobody likes to be in a constant state of dread. To back this up, I always refer to 1 John 4:16-18 (see below).

    When our focus is on God’s wrath rather than our eternal reward our effectiveness is greatly hampered, and besides, nobody likes hearing about doom and gloom … we should focus on what lays ahead … eternally with Jesus (See Phil 3:13-14).

    We need to follow the example of Jesus and Paul in our message. It should be one of love and mercy … projecting the fruit of the spirit in everything we say, do, and think.

    Acts 18:5-6 (NIV) When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

    1 John 4:16-18 (NIV) And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

    Phil 3:13-14 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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