April 13, 2015

Today you should read: Ezekiel 9

The vision God gave Ezekiel was one of punishment and destruction for the unholiness of Israel.  Six men, or six angels of execution, were going to be sent into the city to kill all the people of Jerusalem.  One angel, though, was sent into the city to mark the foreheads of those people who did NOT love the abominations and evil deeds that were being committed.  Those who were marked would NOT be destroyed.


The “mark” that was to be put on the foreheads of the people who were NOT to be destroyed is literally the Hebrew letter “Tau.”  Look at this commentary from Barnes Notes on the Bible:


A mark – literally, “Tau,” the name of the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The old form of the letter was that of a cross. The Jews have interpreted this sign variously, some considering that “Tau,” being the last of the Hebrew letters, and so closing the alphabet, denoted completeness, and thus the mark indicated the completeness of the sorrow for sin in those upon whom it was placed. Others again observed that “Tau” was the first letter of Torah (“the Law”) and that the foreheads were marked as of men obedient to the Law. Christians, noting the resemblance of this letter in its most ancient form to a cross, have seen herein a reference to the cross with which Christians were signed.


Regardless of which of those three interpretations of the use of the word “Tau” is correct, it is very symbolic of the “mark” we have as Christ followers. 


It’s easy to look at a passage like Ezekiel 9 and ask how a loving God could be so wrathful.  I mean, He is about to execute an entire city of people.  Maybe a better question is, how a holy God could be so loving as to rescue even just one single person who had the mark.  


Here’s another way to put it.  Instead of asking, “How is it fair that a loving God would send people to hell?” ask instead, “How is it fair for a holy God to allow such sinful people as us to be allowed into His kingdom?”  


Well the answer to that question is that Christ took our sin upon Himself and gave us His righteousness in exchange.  Now, instead of being marked by our sin nature, we are marked by Christ’s blood and righteousness.  Only those who are marked by Christ’s blood and righteousness will be passed over and will avoid destruction in the end.


Thank the Lord if you’ve been marked by the cross.  Surrender to the Lord if you haven’t.

Posted by: Rich Duffield 

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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