Summary: God does not delight in people going to Hell, but desires you to turn to Him.
TURN YE, TURN YE, FOR WHY WILL YE DIE?
(11) Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
I want you to notice that these words did not come from the prophet Ezekiel.
He penned them but, they came from the lips of God himself. He was speaking to Ezekiel.
The prophet Ezekiel was literally just the mouth piece of God.
"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
There are those today who think that God is sitting up in heaven and dictating to mankind and those who do not listen, He sends them to Hell.
And they think that He enjoys doing it.
But, mark it down, God sends no one to Hell, you send yourself by rejecting his Son.
God gets no pleasure from seeing his creation perish. Mankind was created to fellowship with God, and that is his sole desire that we fulfill that desire.
I want to speak to you on the topic," "WHY WILL YE DIE?"
God is telling those inhabitants in Ezekiel's day just like He's telling those today, that there is no reason to be lost,
There is no reason to perish;
There is no reason to die in your sin;
You don't have to walk through this world as those having no hope;
He said, "I have no pleasure in it."
In 2 Peter 3:9 He says, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
In 1 Timothy 2:4 he tells us, "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
In I John 1:9, He tells us that, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
I want you to know one thing today, That God is not interested in sending men and women to Hell, but He's interested in bringing you and I back into fellowship with Him, like it was before Adam fell in the garden.
God wants you to be saved!
And there are reasons why He gave that you might be saved.
I want to deal with those reasons today.
I believe that He gave his only begotten Son because;
1).HE LOVES YOU.
If there is one thing you can count on, it's that God loves you!
When everything around you seems to fall apart;
When the world fails you;
When friends forsake you;
When circumstances in your life turn on you;
When it seems like there's no way out;
Know this one thing, God loves you!
David said, "When my mother and my father shall forsake me, the Lord will lift me up."
What David was saying was, "I know that whatever I do,
though I fall,
I may sin,
I may slip,
Even though I fail God, GOD LOVES ME!!
You can't make that statement about people!
You fail some people, or you make a mistake, you will never be the same in their eyes again!
God, don't hold grudges, God forgives and forgets, and puts you back in your rightful place.
One man wrote of the Love of God in a song and it said,
"Could we with ink, the ocean fill"
Or were the sky's of parchment made,
Were every stock on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the Love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Tho stretched from sky to sky."
I'm here to declare to you this day, that tho you may have failed God;
And tho the ceiling seems like brass when you pray;
Tho everything you do seems wrong;
When man forsakes you, Realize that God still loves you!
You may say, "Preacher, I want to serve God,
I want to do the right things, but I just can't seem to get it together"
"What's wrong with me preacher?"
Listen, You're not a special case, everyone has those problems.
The great Apostle Paul said, "Every time I go to do right, evil is present, The things I would do, I do not; The things I would not, that I do."
But I want you to know God still loved Paul.