Judges often struggle to know how to treat repeat offenders, especially after they have paid their dues to society. Some judges think repeat sex offenders should be kept in prison despite having served their time. Other judges say keeping such people in prison is unfair—they are punished a second time after they have paid their dues. Thankfully, God does not have the problem of not knowing outcomes. When He chose Ezekiel to be a prophet, God told him upfront that the people would reject his message. God told him the people were repeat offenders, and despite multiple warnings, they would rebel and disobey. Here is what God said to Ezekiel in chapter 2: “They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. But I am sending you to say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ and whether they listen or refuse to listen – for remember, they are rebels – at least they will know they have had a prophet among them.” God knew they were rebels; still He gave them a chance to repent. God is still like that. He waits for us to admit our faults so He can forgive us and empower us to live according to His will.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More