Ezekiel 35 & 36
Ezekiel 35 & 36:
A picture of the New Covenant
Chapter 36.24-27 is a beautiful picture of the new covenant:
24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
This will be fulfilled for the Nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom, but we already enjoy much of these same blessings with the new birth and its new covenant.
Grace for the humble
Verse 1, “LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.”
Humility is one of the characteristics that should characterize a believer. God says He resists the proud (Jas. 4.6) and that a proud look is one of the things He hates (Prov. 6.16-17), but He gives grace to the humble (Jas. 4.6).
Let’s pray that we would recognize pride in our lives and learn to humble ourselves under His mighty hand.
Verse 3, “Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.”
What a joy it is to see your children grow up and live lives filled with God’s wisdom and grace! And what a grief it is to see them waste their lives, talents, and resources, and especially, to see them ignore the truths of God which they have been taught.
Blessing and cursing
Oh, the tongue … how much damage we can do with that little member! But especially damaging is someone who claims to be a believer, and yet makes no effort to control her tongue.
“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh” (vv. 10-13).
If someone had to describe what comes out of your mouth in one word, would it be blessing or cursing?
Let’s purpose to follow Ephesians 4.29:
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from our mouths, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (NASB)
And by doing so bring glory to our God!
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