Sin Births Disgrace by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021
TOPIC: SIN BIRTHS DISGRACE
TEXT: Ezekiel 4:9-17
“And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.” – (Ezekiel 4:12)
A preacher has described sin as a deliberate violation of God’s commandments or disobedience that attracts His displeasure and judgment. Sin turns a saint to a sinner; God’s favour turns to divine displeasure, blessing turns to curse, glory turns to shame, congregation of the living turns to the congregation of the dead, while plenty and satisfaction turn to scarcity and starvation.
The text under consideration talks about how Prophet Ezekiel was divinely instructed to eat disgusting diet for a period of 390 days. He was instructed to cook the food with dung. This is despicable and loathsome. By this method, the prophet was to figuratively portray the picture of uncleanness and shameful food that the people of Israel would be forced to eat both during the siege that would soon take place and later in the foreign countries where they would be carried captive. It is also to show God’s disgust for sins.
The prophet pleaded to God heartily that he had never defiled himself by eating abominable things forbidden by the law. God then considered his request by allowing him to cook the food with cow’s dung. God knew the prophet was making the request from the integrity of his heart.
We learn from this prophetic illustration that sin can make a believer to lose God’s favour and grace. It makes him to lose privileges, position, pleasure, prosperity, preservation and health. Sin brings shame, disgrace and humiliation. It causes penury and want. It brings punishment and pain. It brings oppression, captivity, affliction, anguish and sorrow. Sinners and backsliders should therefore understand the hard times ahead of them and do something now to escape divine judgment.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Avoid sin’s reproach by all means.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: