Why Does God Do ANYTHING?

I think it’s a good question, considering the current and widespread environment of self-centered Christianity. Here are four passages from a single chapter of Exekiel and a NT portion from Ephesians that might answer the question.

 “But they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me. None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt.” (Ezekiel 20:8-9 ESV)

 “But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them. But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.” (Ezekiel 20:13-14 ESV)

“But the children rebelled against me. They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.” (Ezekiel 20:21-22 ESV)

“And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the country that I swore to give to your fathers. And there you shall remember your ways and all your deeds with which you have defiled yourselves, and you shall loathe yourselves for all the evils that you have committed. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 20:40-44 ESV)

 “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. “ (Ephesians 2:1-7 ESV)

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4 responses to “Why Does God Do ANYTHING?

    • This morning I catalogued all of the times the phrase you/they/the nations will know that I am the Lord in Ezekiel. There are 72 in the ESV pertaining to judgment of Israel, the judgment of nations around Israel, and God’s remembrance of His covenant / promise of future restoration of Israel.

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    • I think if we can get out our eyes off of ourselves and redoscover the BIG God of the Bible, we would probably be of more use to His Kingdom. I was catechised as a Lutheran and learned about the great God of the Bible, was ODF (Out Dere Flappin’) for some years, and when God helped me to my senses I landed in ‘self-centered Christianity land’. At least i was in fellowship and still have some close friends from those years. Having gone through a few more decades of life and just a bit of real life as a believer, I’ve come back around to more of the God of the Bible and less of the God made in man’s image.

      And I’m currently going through Ezekiel again.

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