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When You Want to Blame Others      Ezek. 18:1-4, 21-23, 25-27, 30-32       June 15, 2014


       Why do any of us want to blame others? This lesson may help us not to desire that


1.   When You Want to Blame Others . . Be Careful How You Use Scripture. 18:1-4

       A.   Be Careful How You Use Scripture . . Declares the Lord. 18:1-2

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 "What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of

       Israel: The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?


       B.   Be Careful How You Use Scripture . . Death Comes To The Sinner. 18:3-4

       3 As I live"—this is the declaration of the Lord God—"you will no longer use this proverb in Israel.

       4 Look, every life belongs to Me. The life of the father is like the life of the son—both belong to Me. The

       person who sins is the one who will die.

       Do all of us want to blame someone else just because we are human beings? It seems everyone has been

       involved in that kind of an activity at sometime in their life. Our text tells us God doesn’t allow us to

       blame someone else as He wants us to own up and admit our responsibility. The idea of blaming our

       father because of their sins; the Lord does not desire that kind of an excuse to be allowed in Israel. Death

       comes upon us because of the effects of sin. We should not misuse the words of the Lord as a reason for

       our sin.


2.   When You Want to Blame Others . . Allow for People To Change. 18:21-23

       A.   Allow People To Change . . The Lord Desires Repentance 8:21

21 "Now if the wicked person turns from all the sins he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does

       what is just and right, he will certainly live; he will not die.


       B.   Allow People To Change . . The Lord Desires Righteousness. 8:22-23

22 None of the transgressions he has committed will be held against him. He will live because of the

       righteousness he has practiced.

       23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?" This is the declaration of the Lord God. "Instead,

       don't I take pleasure when he turns from his ways and lives?

       Change is possible even for the most wicked person we know. Every once in a while we see the evidence

of such a person changing. God loves to see such change and so should we. If we have tried to put blame on people we need to check to see if they have repented and taken a different lifestyle. I have seen such happenings and it causes joy to most of the people who are privileged to see it. The Lord is not pleased when some of his people get so involved in blaming people they do not willingly recognize change. Today

       some claim it is not possible to leave certain kinds of lifestyles, but they do not allow for the power of God.


3.   When You Want to Blame Others . . Be careful How You Judge. 18:25

       A.   Be Careful How You Judge . . Check Who Is The Unfair One. 18:25

       25 "But you say: The Lord's way isn't fair. Now listen, house of Israel: Is it My way that is unfair? Instead,

       isn't it your ways that are unfair?


       B.   Be Careful How You Judge . . Check Who Is Righteous. 18:25

       26 When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, he will die for this. He

       will die because of the iniquity he has practiced.

       27 But if a wicked person turns from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right,

       he will preserve his life.

       Can you imagine a person wanting to blame God and accuse Him of being unfair? Do you see or hear

       anyone like that today? If you do that person is giving evidence of a very poor knowledge of God, His

       power, forgiveness or love. Have you ever seen a person very active in the faith and righteous living

       turn and start living a very unrighteous life. It is hard to believe a person can do that but some have

       and God has or will discipline them. The Lord is trying to teach these people about judging fairly.

       Of course Jesus has some words to say about this also but that is in the New Testament.


4.   When You Want to Blame Others . . Realize God Calls for Change.18:30-32

       A.   Realize God Calls for Change . . Through A New Heart and Spirit. 18:30-31

30 "Therefore, house of Israel, I will judge each one of you according to his ways." This is the declaration

       of the Lord God. "Repent and turn from all your transgressions, so they will not be a stumbling block that

       causes your punishment.

       31 Throw off all the transgressions you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

       Why should you die, house of Israel?

       B.   Realize God Calls for Change . . Through Repentance. 18:32

       32 For I take no pleasure in anyone's death." This is the declaration of the Lord God. "So repent and live!


       How come in other parts of this book it says God will give a new heart and here they are expected to make

       it for themselves? I have not found an explanation that satisfies my curiosity. One said that this verse

       refers to people in captivity and tyhe other verses refer to Israel before captivity. The bottom line is we all

       need a new heart. If we really desire to have a new heart and are willing to repent and turn to the Lord we

       will be able to receive a new heart. If you really desire a new heart it will settle the interest When You

       Want to Blame Others. Amen? Amen!