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

* Father God, thank You for Your word to us today. Hard though it may be.

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

This chapter (today and tomorrow’s passages) contain some of the more graphic and vivid pictures in God’s word.

God made a covenant with His people, and yet they stopped trusting Him and went after other gods (unfaithfulness).

“How sick is your heart, declares the Lord GOD, because you did all these things,”

This is a hard word to Israel then, and it is a hard word to us today.

We need our sick hearts made new, re-birthed, born of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus says,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

So just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness – JESUS is the answer. The CRUX, the PURPOSE.

How do we fix our sick hearts?

We need the Good Physician to heal us.

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for Jesus.

Please revive us each day, cleanse us from the muck and dirt of the world that comes from our walk.

Please write Your word upon our hearts, help us to pursue You alone.

Thank You that in Jesus we are made new, born again – That our sick hearts are healed!

Amen.

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