Friday, July 29 2011
Verse of the Week: V23 “And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.”
1. The House Of God (V1-15)
V1 “Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD:”
The mountains or the people of Israel were the house or the family of the Almighty God. God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel that whichever nation or people who shall attack and destroy His house or family, He shall attack and destroy that nation or people.
V12 “Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.”
2. The Holiness Of God (V16-24)
V22 “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.”
God chose the people of Israel not because of what they had done, but because God loved them. Though they sinned against God time and again, yet for the sake of God’s holy name or great name, God kept forgiving them, and even sanctified them in His holiness.
V23 “And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.”
3. The Heart Of God (V25-38)
V26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
God was so good to His people that He gave them a new heart, a new spirit that they could live a new life serving Him. Indeed, when we believe in the true and living God and become God’s people, whatever God promises to us, He shall fulfil them.
V36 “Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.”
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, thank You that I am great and holy because You are great and holy.