I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked

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Death. It is a scary thing. Many of us fear death. We fear the darkness that comes when we die. We do everything we can to prolong life: we take medications, we take safety precautions when driving, we have hospitals, we have emergency response teams. So many different ways to prolong life, and we’re still looking for more ways to keep us alive.

Death has not always been a reality. Thousands of years ago, at the creation of the world, death did not exist. There was only life. Adam and Eve enjoyed eternal life in the Garden of Eden. But, because of their sin, God introduced death into the world. It was, and is, part of the punishment God has lain on mankind as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, and our own sins as well.

Death is a very sad reality.

The Israelites suffered from death, especially death as a result of their sins. They have been exiled to Babylon, with only a few survivors living in Jerusalem. They are depressed, angry, and doubtful about their lives. They wish to die. And so, God comes to Ezekiel, a prophet, and speaks to him:

“Son of man, speak to Israel. Tell them, ‘You’ve said, “Our rebellions and sins are weighing us down. We’re wasting away. How can we go on living?”‘ Tell them, ‘As sure as I am the living God, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. turn your life around! Reverse your evil ways! Why die, Israel?'” (Ezekiel 33:10-11; The Message).

Why die? Why die in your sins?

Many people believe that God is happy and excited when the wicked die. He’s not. He takes no pleasure in the death of evil people. But the question is, Why?

God is the creator of mankind. He fashioned them in His image, first in body and soul, and now just in soul, but that image has been damaged. There is very little, if any, resemblance of God in our souls. And when we die before we have restored that image in ourselves, God is sad.

His main goal in sending His Son, Jesus, was so that we can have fellowship with Him in this life, and the next. If that fellowship does not occur by the time death comes to take us, then God is not happy.

God was not happy when Adolf Hitler died. God was not happy when Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein left this world. God was not happy when the Communist and Nazi leaders died, nor was He happy when Al Qaeda terrorists are shot and killed by American soldiers. Those people that we deem evil, God deems redeemable. And He laments when they die, because their lives were not reconciled to Him.

So, I ask you, my readers, why die in your sin? Why die before you have reconciled your life to God and made peace with Him? Do not die before coming to God. He does not take pleasure in the death of wicked people.

If you have not found God yet, I urge you to search your soul. Talk to people around you who do know God. Open His Word, the Bible, in any translation, and read it. Get to know Him. He knows you. He loves you. And He wants you to know and love Him and He wants you to have a wonderful fellowship with Him.

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