And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast, even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord GOD.- Ezekiel 14:12-14
Matthew Henry Comments on these verses in Ezekiel: “The scope of these verses is to show, I. That national sins bring national judgments. When virtue is ruined and laid waste everything else will soon be ruined and laid waste too (v.13): When the land sins against me, when vice and wickedness become epidemical, when the land sins by trespassing grievously, when the sinners have become very numerous and their sins very heinous, when gross impieties and immoralities universally prevail, then will I stretch forth my hand upon it, for the punishment of it. The divine power shall be vigorously and openly exerted; the judgments shall be extended and stretched forth to all the corners of the land, to all the concerns and interests of the nation. Grievous sins bring grievous plagues.”
Leader, if you have EYES to see and EARS to hear then these REMARKS resemble our TIME, our country and our WORLD! But notice that three were mentioned, as DIFFERENT! Noah, Daniel, and Job. Why, because these three men OVERCAME the THREE attacks every believer is under: The World, The Flesh and the DEVIL! Job overcame the devil, Daniel overcame the flesh and Noah overcame the world! If you are a CHILD of the RISEN KING, if you are a BLOOD BOUGHT SAINT, then you are an OVER COMER! 1 John 5:5 tells us: Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Conduit, we have a SAVIOR who OVERCAME the WORLD! In John’s Gospel we get this quote from Jesus: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Lets go to the ending of the WHOLE STORY- the book of REVELATION, and see what God says about HE WHO OVERCOMES! ‘To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’ To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’ ‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels’. ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Jesus OVERCAME THE WORLD, and only HE IS WORTHY for our WORSHIP, admiration and SACRIFICE! You are a little CHRIST, be like HIM and be an OVERCOMER!