Rejoice Not in Others’ Demise – Ezekiel 25

“For thus says the Lord God: “Because you clapped your hands, stamped your feet, and rejoiced in heart with all your disdain for the land of Israel, indeed, therefore, I will stretch out My hand against you, and give you as plunder to the nations; I will cut you off from the peoples, and I will cause you to perish from the countries; I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

Surely this illustrates that Father God takes no delight in punishing the proud, arrogant and those who have rejected Him. His patience was long with Israel but eventually He had to act and address their blatant rebellion and audacious evil practices. These people, the Ammonites, scorned Israel and had wholehearted contempt for them even rejoicing whenever Israel was punished for their disobedience. They disdained the Israelites and rejoiced when they were suffering. His action against the Ammonites clearly shows that He does not approve of such. Vengeance belongs to Him alone and we should never find joy in the destruction of others. This does not mean that we should not pursue those who work evil against others and bring God’s justice. It does not mean that we should not defend the innocent and stand up for the defenseless. I believe it simply indicates that we should never take pleasure when others suffer for their sins.

God takes no pleasure in the destruction of His creation and neither should we. As good is upheld and evil overthrown there will be pain, death, destruction and loss. It is necessary in this broken world led by evil. However, we must never be those who take pleasure in the destruction of others or glory in God’s inflicted wrath. Such behavior directed at any of God’s children of creation angers Him deeply. He will respond. The consequences are grim.

Ezekiel 33.11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live…’

‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’ Take no pleasure in their demise.

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