November 20, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 36:16-38

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SAA Notes

Our salvation is how God shows the holiness of His great Name! Verses 24-27 are ones read at baptism services, because they contain the promise that Christ fulfilled. He has sprinkled us clean!

SJA Notes

* God Above, please write Your word on our hearts today.

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.”

God called His people to honor Him in exile, to seek the good of the place they were exiled to, to pray for the city they were in.

God was concerned that His people would HALLOW and HONOR His Name while in exile.

But as we read here they did not bear His Name well.

What is God’s solution to this problem of even His own people profaning His Name?

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.”

How is this to happen?

How do we get new hearts and new spirits?

Jesus gives us the answer in John 3,

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

Our hearts must be reborn, our spirits made new.

Reading on in John 3,

“For God so loved the world, that he have his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus is the answer. He brings new life, He takes away our bondage to sin, He gives us freedom to walk in obedience, to Hallow and Honor His Name.

More of Jesus, less of us!

* Gracious Father,

Thank You that You are our God, and we are Your people.

We look forward to that final day, eternity, when in the complete and full reality You will be our God and we will be Your people, joined together.

What a hope we have in You!

Amen.

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