November 2, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 16:1-34

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SAA Notes

This allegory is graphic and powerful. It lets you and me know how God feels about us living by our own light, having our own religion – He feels it as adultery. This is why the Presbyterian Church upholds the Regulative Principle – to put in worship only those things that God has commanded.

SJA Notes

This chapter (today and tomorrow’s passages) contains both great beauty and terrible horror.

That God would care so for His people!

“I made you flourish like a plant of the field.”

“… I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, …”

A COVENANT! A VOW!

God is a God of faithfulness, steadfast love and faithfulness.

“And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord GOD.”

And yet there is much horror and terrible folly.

“But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore …”

Notice that the trust of God’s people moves from Him to themselves, their appearance (which God had given anyway!).

“How sick is your heart, declares the Lord GOD, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute, …”

These are hard words, graphic and vivid.

Because God wants us to listen!

Jeremiah points us to the same thing, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and deperately sick; who can understand it?”

What is to be done then? What of us today?

Further on Ezekiel speaks to us, the Lord speaks to us, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.”

New hearts! New spirits!

How does this happen? John writes what Jesus Himself says in answer, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

And so God’s word is the same for us as it was for Israel! (How good is that to know!)

We need our sick and evil hearts made new, re-birthed, born of the Holy Spirit.

And just like Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (further from John), JESUS IS THE ANSWER. THE CRUX. THE PURPOSE. HE IS THE REASON.

Hallelujah, What a Saviour!

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for Jesus.

Please make us new each day. Write Your word upon our hearts, as we pursue You, Your holiness.

Thank You that in Jesus we are made new, born again. Thank You that because of Your grace we are saved.

Amen.

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