All His promises

I am reading through the Bible with a one year plan, the Discipleship Journal reading plan I believe. I once had links here on the blog to bookmarks that correspond with the plan I’m using but someone told me the links were bad. Anyway, this is my second year to work through the Bible with four daily readings, two Old Testament and two New Testament. I like getting the big picture. I like seeing the Bible as one story. I like exploring familiar passages in their proper context. I don’t study per se; I just read.

I’m currently reading Ezekiel (as well as Job, John and 1 John). Whew, what a ministry Ezekiel had! Not only was he mute for a time in order to confirm the Lord’s message, but his wife dies and the Lord commands him to not mourn her. Tough stuff. His was the usual prophetic message of impending doom and judgment which makes passages like the following that I read this morning from chapter 36 so very beautiful…

Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean fromall your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. 28 You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. 30 I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.

And this from chapter 37…

And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 24″My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25 They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”

What a beautiful message of hope! Yes, His judgment is sure. Sin is serious and His wrath is both righteous and just. Idolatry will be punished, yet for the sake of His holy name He will act on behalf of His people. The promise He made through Ezekiel is my hope as well. All His promises are yes and amen in Christ! I am so grateful that because of Jesus Christ I have entered into the new covenant of peace! Through the shedding of His blood, He has cleansed me from all my sin and delivered me from all my uncleannesses. He has removed my heart of stone and given me a heart of flesh to love Him and seek Him and know Him. I was dead; now I live through Christ. The Lord, He is my God and I will dwell with Him forever! Glory to His name! Praise be to our God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

3 thoughts on “All His promises”

  1. Such an amazing testimony…Ezekiel's, your's and mine. Great stuff!I stopped reading through this year back in June when I got so behind I knew I'd never be able to catch up. I'm going to start again in January, though. I do like that plan…if I can just get past Leviticus 😉

  2. Such an amazing testimony…Ezekiel's, your's and mine. Great stuff!I stopped reading through this year back in June when I got so behind I knew I'd never be able to catch up. I'm going to start again in January, though. I do like that plan…if I can just get past Leviticus 😉

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