Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday - Ezekiel 20 - This is Not a Parable

HIS chapter does end in a parable (Ezekiel 20:47). But, the rest of this chapter is plain history & plain prophecy. It is a record of the spiritual cycles in the history of the nation of Israel, concluding with a statement about their final cycle.

Basically, God rehearsed to Ezekiel how generous He had been to the Jews throughout the generations. He had done many kind things for them, yet repeatedly, they had squandered their opportunities. They had angered God, mostly through idolatry. They had retained His name, but they had joined it to every imaginable pollution. If you read Ezekiel 20:9, 14, 17 & 22, you will get a clear vision of the conclusion to every single spiritual cycle that the Jews went through. In every case, they made God angry. But, again and again, God decided to be merciful, and to do a work of grace among His people, by sparing them ''for His name's sake." Not that every Jewish citizen had his sentence commuted. Israel had suffered through many rough judgments. Yet, there was always a remnant that survived. They didn't deserve to survive, but they made it anyway. And mind you, they survived because of who God is... not because of who they were. He preserved some of them each time just because that's the kind of God He is.

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