Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
I think this scripture piece is a suitable motto for Nicholas and Lucas as it represents their values and reflects the work that they do.
Love is one of the vital messages that the prophets shared. The Old Testament prophets lived out God’s call through their words and actions to Israel to return to their covenant relationship.
Ezekiel is an Old Testament Prophet. He was the priest of ancient Israel who wrote a part of the Old Testament. Ezekiel was called by God to deliver his message. At the start of the 6th century Ezekiel’s ministry was conducted in Jerusalem and Babylon. “He was among those deported in 597 to Babylonia. Ezekiel's religious call came in July 592. He subsequently prophesied until 585 and then was not heard of again until 572. His latest utterance can be dated at about 570.” (Biography, 2014)
Orange Sky Laundry can be compared to the prophet Ezekiel in the way that he delivered the mess that it doesn’t matter what you have done in the past in the eyes of God but how you are living your life now. Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi offer hope to raise up the spirits of people who may have lost hope due to something that may have happened in their past.
Ezekiel also gave hope to those Israelites who were in exile. This provides a model for Nicholas and Lucas as they also give hope to people who have lost their homes who are exiles from society.
Scriptures from Ezekiel
But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live; they shall not die. None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live? (Ezekiel 18:21–23)
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live. (Ezekiel 18:30–32)
The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die. (Ezekiel 18:1–4)
No matter how bad you think you are, and no matter how bad you think your life is Ezekiel 18 offers you a powerful message of hope.
It is possible for you to break the family chains that hold you back. It is possible for you to leave your past behind and it is possible to start a new and better life.
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