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

Back in Jeremiah 29 the Lord tells His people, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God called His people to honor Him in exile, to seek the benefit of the places they were exiled to, to _pray_ for the city they were in.

But as we read here in Ezekiel, they did not bear His name well.

God has concern for His Name! Not just then, but today!

And it is good and right for us to hear what He says next in Ezekiel. What His solution is. It’s the solution of Jesus, the Christ, rebirth and restoration, salvation and sanctification.

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

How was this to happen? How was the valley of dry bones (tomorrow’s reading, Ezekiel 37) to gain the breath of life?

Through Jesus! He brings life, He gives life, He sustains life!

John 10 is such a wonderful reflection of this (and the previous reading on the Good Shepherd God will be), “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Jesus breaks our stubborn wills and remakes our dead hearts, bringing life! A new heart and a new spirit!

This is how we are able to then walk in His statutes and be careful to obey His rules (v27).

And we ready here again one of the overarching themes God layers through Ezekiel.

THAT WE WILL KNOW HIM!

* Gracious Father,

Thank You that Your promise to us, that our sure and steady hope, is that now You are our God, and we are Your people. And we look forward to then, in a deeper and fuller sense, You will be our God and we will be Your people, joined together!

Hallelujah Lord, what a Saviour You are!

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