The prophet Ezekiel had just run down a list of problems still visible in a nation already in the process of being destroyed and taken into captivity. But the Lord allows him to give them one more message of hope. If they repent, they can still be spared from what looks like certain doom.
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!” – Ezekiel 18:30-32 (NKJV)
“Turn and live.” That’s really the message of the Gospel in its most reduced form. We must turn from our sin and receive the life that God offers through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But the alternative is not living in neutrality towards God. The alternative is not life at all, but death. This is a harsh but merciful message. This is the choice that each person faces. Here we see that God is both love and light by His very nature and in His character is no darkness at all.
Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God… – Romans 11:22 (NKJV)