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“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.”
These were the words of the Almighty to His prophet Ezekiel concerning His coming judgement on the people of Israel. He said, “I want you to lie on your left side and bear the sins of the people one day for every year they have rebelled against me.” Ezekiel laid on his left side for 390 days and then turned on his right side and laid for 40 days. He laid on his side a total of 430 days to bear the sins of Israel. It was a good illustration to the people of how wicked they had been and how someone would have to bear their sin. The illustration didn’t work, and God’s judgement came anyway.
Try as he may, Ezekiel, who served as a human illustration to the people of Israel in total obedience to God, knew in his heart, “I’ll Never Be Worthy” to bear the sins of God’s people. Who are God’s people today? God’s people happen to be every human being breathing right now on planet earth. God made each of us, and by Him we breathe. Yet “I’ll Never Be Worthy” to bear another human’s sin and neither will you. The only one who was found worthy in all of Heaven was God’s one and only Son, King Jesus. And to be quite honest, He didn’t lay on his side. Instead He hung on a cross suspended between heaven and earth and had His side riven with a man’s spear so that blood and water poured out, signifying He died of a broken heart. “I’ll Never Be Worthy” to bear another man’s sin, but I won’t have to. My Lord and Savior has already won the battle, and “He Is Worthy!”
I thank You for men like the prophet Ezekiel who did their best to show us the way. However, I’m so glad You, in time, came from heaven’s splendor and truly showed us the love of God. I acknowledge that You are worthy! Amen