Today you should read: Ezekiel 11
Our passage starts with 25 men who give “wicked counsel”. Apparently, these men had some sort of authority and they were not being wise with the things they were communicating. Because of this, God is about to bring about judgement on them and the city (v. 7-10). God is bringing judgment (1) so that they will recognize who He is and (2) because they have acted like the nations (v. 12).
Ezekiel cries out to God in verse 13 because he is questioning if God is going to destroy all of Israel. God’s response is packed full of hope. God says that even though Israel is scattered, He has been their sanctuary (v. 16). Not only that, but there is coming a day when God’s people will return to Israel (v. 17), and they will remove the detestable things (v. 18), and He “will give them one heart and a new spirit” (v. 19).
The amazing part of this passage is the fact that God still works in the same way today. He calls people who are scattered (unbelievers) and He brings them in and gives them a new heart and spirit.
If you have a relationship with God through Jesus, be thankful that God has given you a new heart. Your role is to put away the detestable or sinful things in our life, be careful who you listen to, and share this good news with others. God is the only one who can change lives, so do not be afraid to tell others about how He can give them a new heart.
Our reward for this: We get to be His people and He will be our God. How amazing is that!
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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