Ezekiel 18:24


In Ezekiel 18:24, is die physical or spiritual death? What does Ezekiel 18:24 mean in light of Matthew 10:42 and Mark 9:41? The KJV uses the word mentioned and the NASV uses the word remembered in Ezekiel 18:24. If the word is mentioned it still could be remembered but not mentioned. I know also that we are under Grace and not the Law, but this does not sound like it is the law?

Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s answer:

I think you are trying to interpret Ezekiel 18:24 by Matthew 10:42 and Mark 9:41, but each should be interpreted in its own context.

The correct meaning for Ezekiel 18:24 is “remembered” and he is dealing with the issue of the Jew living under the Mosaic Law. The point is that no matter how well he kept the Law all of his life, if he breaks a command that carries the death penalty, all of his previous good actions will not be remembered in the sense that it could not keep him from being executed. He will be executed for the sin he committed in spite of how well he previously kept the Law.

The Matthew and Mark passage is dealing with what is true under grace and whatever good things one does on behalf of people in the ministry to help them minister better, these things will be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ.

So again, these are two different contexts that must be interpreted by virtue of those contexts. Thus they do not contradict each other

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