We must remember we, as humans, were created in the image of God- each and everyone of us. Did it not say back in the beginning of the Bible… “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness… .” This can be read in Genesis 1:26, see below…
Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
If we are all created equally, in the image of God, then as Brothers and Sisters we should not try to force our ways on each other but instruct or inform each of us, and granting them their own mind and choice of what they’d do for themselves. One can only hope they might understand the importance God is, has and will be to us all… throughout our lives here and yet to come. For this very reason we are to fulfill God’s will, tell all of ‘the Gospel’ truth… the ‘Good News’ come by way of God Himself… as He lived among us. Salvation has come and to be asked for in repentance… turning from what we think we know to who we can now know personally, God our Savior, Jesus Christ.
To be sure of the word of God is to understand: firmness is granted to the obedient, fairness shown to those compliant… and love found in His deliverance and salvation- this is toward the eternal hope we have found true by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our mission then is to tell the world of the love God has for us all, as found in John 3:16- see it below…
John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Tell the whole world, this is the great commission, and is not simple a request but an implied directive- even to those whom you dislike… or those you like that might then reject you for what you’ve shared.
Ezekiel 33:8-9 8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Zahar: warn, admonish, teach, shine
Niphal: to be taught, be admonished
Hiphil: to teach, warn… to shine, send out light (fig.)
Natsal: deliver, recover, rid, escape, spoil take out
Niphal: to tear oneself away, deliver oneself, to be torn out or away, be delivered
Piel: to strip off, spoil, to deliver
Hophal: to be plucked out
Hithpael: to strip oneself
Nephesh: soul, life, person, mind, heart, creature, body, himself
a. that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, the inner being of man
e. seat of the appetites
g. activity of mind
h. activity of the will
[From this source… is come the Abrahamic Covenant below.]
A covenant is made with Abraham, the thought of which includes his descendants. In this the promise of God is to multiply the descendants of Abraham, to give them the land of Canaan, and to make them a blessing to the nations. This is narrated in Genesis 15:18; 17:2-21, etc.
Hold no part of a man against him but see that your view of man, no matter the shape of him, whether he is wicked or thought to be doing good… even in his own mind is warned of God’s truth, the God of Israel… the deliverer and salvation offered by God to the whole earth. No one can or should force a belief upon another… for the belief of God and for the living God is a choice to know Him and be known by Him- a relationship with the eternal God is what is offered to all mankind.
Ezekiel 33:13-14 13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. 14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
If we were to hold it against another, much to our own amazement, it might still be possible to find ourselves in the same conditional dilemma Israel found themselves in. This is where God dispatched justice against them for their iniquities, and not having been found in accordance with God’s ways- though they may have thought it was alright to do it as they were doing it.
Ezekiel 33:31-32 31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
[below is found here, under Commentaries (Critical) for Genesis 4, and is about faith learned through Cain and Abel]
But as thou doest not well (that is, art a sinner), a sin offering is necessary, by bringing which thou wouldest have met with acceptance and retained the honors of thy birthright.” This language implies that previous instructions had been given as to the mode of worship; Abel offered through faith (Hebrews 11:4).
God does not need mindless drones but He does want people to know He waits, for now, for people: realizing He alone is God, we need Him more than some are willing to admit, to desire to repent and be restored to a relationship with Him and to set about the work of the field- the harvest comes quickly and time is short. All the signs are nearing a convergence: many people claiming their way is the only way (broad is the path to destruction), people forcing God’s chosen to behave as they see fitting (supremacy is God and God alone) and Israel is not just a land to be claimed by man but it is the land claimed by God (El Elyon [The Most High God] and El Shaddai [Lord God Almighty]… The living God of the Nation of Israel. Maranatha!
Images from here.