and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”
Read this passage carefully. Here, one group of people are pardoned while another group of people are killed. In Exodus, when God destroyed the firstborn sons in Egypt, he spared the Israelites who had a mark on the doorpost of their house. Any Israelite who believed God’s word spoken through Moses and applied the blood of the lamb on the doorposts were saved. The angel of death did not enter their houses but simply passed away when he looked at that sign.
In this passage too, something similar but radical takes place. God calls the man clothed with linen and having a writer’s inkhorn and asked him to put a mark on one group of people.
While in Exodus, it was the Israelites who decided whether to believe God’s word and put the sign on the doorpost, here God decides. He asks this man clothed in linen to put a mark. On whom does God ask him to put a mark? Verse 4 says “put a mark on the foreheads of men who sigh and cry over all abominations that are done within it.”
Interesting! It was only this group of people that were spared while others were killed. If today God asks an angel to put a mark on those who cry over all evil and abominations in their own county, or at least the city, will you receive the mark?
God wants us to intercede for our dear brothers and sisters who are preparing to enter the broad way – hell.
- Sunitha Justin