Friday, March 2 ::: The Soul Who Sins Shall Die

But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does  what is just and right,  he shall surely live; he shall not die.  None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?  But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live?  None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for  the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die. 

Yet you say, ” The way of the Lord is not just.”  Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?  When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die.  Again,  when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life.  Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

Ezekiel 18:21-28

audio: “Lost In My Mind”, The Head and The Heart

image: “The Battle of the Sambre”, Marginalia

Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the world: use it, therefore as a murderer should be used.

Kill it before it kills you; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your Head, it shall not be able to keep you there.

Richard Baxter, 17th century

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