Big Idea: Only the wicked (the one who sins) dies (Eze 18:4, 20).

The Problem: The two fundamental fallen human tendencies / default is to (1) blame someone else and (2) blame God -- so that you DO NOT need to take personal responsibility for any sins committed.

Key Question: Why does blaming others (and God) prevent us from experiencing peace and joy?

"For everyone (all souls) belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one (soul/person) who sins is the one who will die" (Eze 18:4). "The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them" (Eze 18:20).

 

Big idea: God--in his grace and generosity--blesses you with every possible blessing under heaven, but you use and abuse his blessing for yourself like a brazen prostitute!

"But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore..." (Eze 16:15, ESV). “You did not remember the days of your youth” (Eze 16:22, 43).

In Ezekiel 16 God addresses the (false) assumption among God's people that that they are good and better than others, and therefore should not be judged or critiqued.

* When others see your beauty do they lust after your beauty or do they see the God and Giver of your beauty?

Big idea: Why God's terrible judgment happens and God's glory departs: Bad Bible teachers/leaders (ch.13) and idolatry of the heart (ch.14, 8) which leads to delusion, self-deception and leading many astray.

"Your prophets, Israel, are like jackels among ruins" (Eze 13:4). "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?" (Eze 14:3)

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