And I will pour out my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.– Ezekiel 30:15
If we look at this verse of scripture through the lens of simplicity we are able to capture a snapshot of God’s plan for justice. Every line of scripture in the Bible is layered with meaning- some more complex than others. Some have an easy to discern meaning right on the surface whereas others depend on greater levels of discernment from the believer in order to be uncovered. This particular verse has both but today we are focusing on the simple!
In this verse God is telling the people through His prophet, Ezekiel, that He is going to pour out His fury upon the city of Sin. In the KJV and NASB translations of the Bible the city is referred to as Sin; and in other versions, such as the ESV, the city is called Pelusium. Likewise, in the KJV and NASB the multitude will be cut off from the city of No which is referred to as Thebes in the ESV. Here we see the difference Biblical translation can make in our understanding and discernment of scripture. That is why prudent research is so important when choosing which translation to study but I digress as that is not the focus of this post. Our focus is gleaning scriptural insights to further our spiritual growth and walk with the LORD and for todays purposes the KJV will be the translation referenced as it, along with the ESV in this case, does a beautiful job of maintaining deep simplicity with the subject text.
We humans have an overwhelming tendency to overly complicate things- especially the things of God! How easy is it for us to forget that God’s ways are not our ways! How simply complex His plan of salvation and justice! We mess things up when we attempt to put the sinful spin of man on spiritual matters. Jesus states in John 3:12- “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” His sayings can be hard- simply hard- and it is for that reason that we often refuse to believe Him! We love our dark deeds and His simple Word sheds light on them! We just can’t believe that simply repenting of our sins- going and sinning no more- while believing on His finished work on the cross and obeying is ALL it takes to be saved! So we twist and add and twist and add until uncountable denominations are brought about and traditions of man take precedence over His truth! We grieve the Holy Spirit of God, thus blocking our ability to gain understanding and knowledge of heavenly things as Jesus declared!
This brings us back to the city of Sin! Sin, the strength of Egypt. In the Holy Bible Egypt is synonymous with the world; those that do not belong to God belong to the world! The worldly city of Sin is set to have the fury of God poured out upon it. Just like our sin results in our death- for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23)- Sin city is headed to the same fate: destruction. Apart from Jesus there is no cover for our sin- it must be punished and will be met by the wrath and fury of God. And just like all those that deny Jesus is the Christ who died and rose again for the forgiveness of sins the multitudes of the people in the city of No will be cut off from the land of the living!
There we have it- a simple look at God’s plan for justice upon those who refuse to believe! Sin=Death for all those that say No to believing on His Son, Jesus Christ!
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. – John 3:18-21