Today you should read: Ezekiel 16
Ezekiel 16 uses remarkably vivid imagery to describe God’s relationship with his Covenant people. Jerusalem is the baby with the uncut umbilical cord—unwashed, unloved, left in it’s filth to die. It was the Lord who found the baby, saved the baby, and raised the baby. When the child was raised, the Lord covered her. When the time was right, the Lord established a covenant illustrated with a marriage vow. Faithfulness did not last long for Jerusalem who quickly played the harlot.
For as unfaithful as God’s Covenant people were, His redeeming love was and is unshakable. Verses 59–63 make clear that even when the covenant is broken, God will establish an “everlasting covenant.” God says HE will make atonement. Hopefully, this sounds familiar.
In the harlotry of Israel, God established the New Covenant. This covenant was bought with the blood of Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit poured into the hearts of believers on the Day of Pentecost.
As I read this story, I’m reminded of the words of the late great preacher Haddon Robinson, that the Lord does not love us for what we do, He loves us in spite of what we do. Robinson literally wrote the book on preaching, and as you dwell on this passage, I encourage you to listen to his sermon on Hosea. You can find the link here.
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate
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