Ezekiel was a prophet, speaking the truth to the nation of Israel. They were an exiled nation living in the land of idols. The book of Ezekiel was not only relevant to the nation of Israel but it’s relevant to us, today.
I knew that God was speaking from this book to me this morning as I was reading our weekly devotions. When you get similar messages from the same book within two weeks, you have to wake up and listen.
This book is beautifully written. The language just sucks you in. God’s word written in so many styles, all reflecting the glorious creator that He is.
Here is the first verse that was revealed to me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water for cleansing; you were not rubbed with salt or even wrapped in cloths. 5 No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you. Rather you were thrown out into the open field, for you were abhorred on the day you were born.
6 “When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ 7 I made you numerous like plants of the field. Then you grew up, became tall and reached the age for fine ornaments; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown. Yet you were naked and bare.
8 “Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord GOD. 9 “Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. 10 I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. 11 I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. 12 I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. 14 Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord GOD.
It’s beautiful like poetry. But moreover, it speaks to you of what God is wanting to do for you. He’s looking on us with a love that overcomes our naked, ugly, flesh.
This morning the verse was this:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from 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 be careful to observe My ordinances.
Israel, like us, had been picked up and lifted to a place of glory. God had brought them out of so much from the very beginning he just wanted to protect them, love them. No matter what they did, no matter how much they failed, God was always ready to pick them up, tell them how loved and beautiful they were and set them back on a high place. The book of Ezekiel is full of that message of love, redemption. It should be a message showing us God’s great love and patience! It’s wonderful news!
We are a chosen people! God chooses us! He chooses to pick us up, love us, clean us up!
He loves me, oh how He loves me, oh He loves me! From now until eternity we should repeat this over and over, because He is standing with us, repeating it over and over to us, whispering it in our ears, waiting for us to realize it and hear it above all the other noise!