Archive for November 28th, 2013

Ezekiel 16

Ezekiel 16 is a history lesson from God about the past and how He has dealt with His people.  They are off the tracks again, and God gives a word to His prophet Ezekiel to share.  It is a lesson about remembering the past and all that God has done.  “I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God, and you became mine”.  This is the foundational truth – for His children then – as well as you and me as Christ Followers now.  We are His.  He is our Father and Lord.

Ezekiel recalls the path to disaster God’s people have been on.  “You also took your beautiful jewels…..and made for yourself images of men….in all your abominations and your whorings you did not remember the days of your youth….you built yourself a vaulted chamber and made yourself a lofty place….therefore, I stretched out my hand against you”.  This is the short version of the lesson.  God blessed His people but they took what He gave them and turned it into idols and self-focus.  They forgot about God and pushed Him aside.  He then took action to bring them back to reality.

When we get off the road and into the weeds of putting self ahead of God, bad things happen.  Sin carries a price.  It did then, and it does today, the very same price.  The wages of sin are death.  It is fatal.  It is eternal.  It is not a good outcome.  But God does love us, in spite of that sin.  And the message He gave His people then is the same as to us today.  We can be freed from the price of our sin, but we have to take action.  We have to return to the truth of His promises or “I will give you into their hands”.  God will allow us to receive the outcome of that sin – eternal separation from Him.

The truth is the same today as it was then.  God has to deal with sin for what it is.  “I will deal with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant, yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish for you an everlasting covenant”.  But His love causes Him to want to save us from that sin and set us free to be with Him forever in eternity.  That is why Jesus came to overcome death and sin on the Cross.  “I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and be confounded….when I atone for you for all that you have done”.  God has made a way.  The only question is – what will you do with Jesus?  Will you receive that covenant offering of grace that leads to forgiveness and eternal life?  Or will you remain as one who is like His children who forgot His promises and truth, and faced the destruction of His hand?

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