“But I will spare some. Some of you shall escape the sword among the nations and be scattered through the countries. Those of you who escape shall remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I was crushed by their wanton heart that turned away from me, and their wanton eyes that turned after their idols. That they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations. And they shall know that I am the LORD; I did not threaten in vain to bring this disaster upon them.” Ezekiel 6:8-10)
A remnant spared. Praise God for allowing a remnant to be spared! Am I, are you, part of the remnant? If you say yes, don’t swell with pride until you realize the responsibilities God puts on the remnant. Those not spared, those who experience the downside of the covenant, the promised punishment, do so because of unfaithfulness (wanton hearts) and idolatry (wanton eyes) – as an unfaithful spouse breaks the marriage covenant. The promised punishment is destruction. It is the responsibility of those who remain to share the truth of God’s promises; the two sides of those eternal promises. Grace and truth go hand in hand. The grace that convicts, that woos, that justifies and sanctifies and the truth that eventually brings punishment to those who refuse to return to God. There is always hope, until God decides to act. “And they shall know that I am the LORD; I did not threaten in vain to bring this disaster upon them.” Oh Body of Christ, why are we not in a bigger hurry to share the Gospel with others? Many are going to be scattered, carried away and or crushed in the disaster to come. Yes, the remnant spared has a great responsibility!