Summary: “The good news is--that in spite of our moral bankruptcy, God keeps on doing business with us.”
June 23, 2001
A. David Seamand
1. “Healing Grace”
2. Story of a farmer who one day went to his banker to tell him several bad news and one good news.
3. Bad news—because of drought and insects, the farmer could not pay the banker a penny on his loan for the farm. Not a penny on the principal, not a penny on the interest.
4. More bad news—the farmer could not pay a penny on the farm equipments that he loaned from the banker. Not a penny on the principal, not a penny on the interest.
5. Still more bad news—the farmer could not pay the banker a penny on the fertilizers and seeds that he loaned from the banker. Not a penny on the principal, not a penny on the interest.
6. “What is the good news?” asked the banker. “The good news is,” said the farmer, “I intend to continue doing business with you.”
B. Compare the farmer’s story with Jerusalem’s condition recorded in Ezekiel 22.
A. Jerusalem’s Condition: Nothing but bad news.
1. Bad News—Overall condition of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 22:1-12)
a. Shedding of blood and idolatry (verse 22:3-6)
b. Unjust treatment of the mothers, fathers, alien, orphans, widows (verse 7)
c. Desecration of the Sabbath (verse 8)
d. Adultery and fornication (verse 9-10)
e. Bribery, usury, extortion (verse 12)
f. Her priests teach no difference between the clean and the unclean (verse 26)
g. Her prophets give false visions and divinations (verse 27-28)
2. More Bad News—God’s Assessment of Jerusalem’s Condition and the Natural Result of Jerusalem’s Sinfulness—Metal Dross and God’s Wrath
a. God’s Assessment of Jerusalem’s Condition—Metal Dross (verse 18)
i. Impure, unclean
ii. Fake, counterfeit
iii. Waste, scum
3. Still More Bad News—Ultimate Result of Jerusalem’s Sinfulness—God’s Wrath (verse 19-22)
a. Melting process
b. Gather them all at the fiery furnace
B. Jerusalem’s Condition is a Reflection of the Overall Condition of Man
1. Bad News—Condition of man in the last days
b. Romans 3:23
2. More Bad News—God’s Assessment of our Condition
3. Still more Bad News—Ultimate Result of Man’s Condition
a. Romans 6:23
C. Alternate Solution to Jerusalem’s Deepening Apostate Condition and its Imminent Destruction (verse 30)
1. ONE MAN
a. Not two, not three, not ten, not a hundred, not even a thousand
b. But ONE MAN
2. ONE MAN Sought by God
a. This one man may not have:
i. The wealth of Bill Gates, but he is the ONE that God wanted.
ii. The genius of Einstein, but he is the ONE that God desired.
iii. The educational achievement that the world highly esteemed, but he is the ONE that God found favor.
iv. The speaking ability of the world’s greatest orators, but he is the ONE that God had chosen.
b. God’s Chosen Versus Man’s Chosen
i. Sometimes, we don’t allow God to do the choosing for us.
ii. Sometimes, we restrict God by our own personal preferences and agenda.
iii. Sometimes, we don’t allow God to chose for us because it conflicts with our expectations.
iv. Sometimes, we don’t allow God to chose for us because what God chooses may not be our friend, our relative, etc.