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God Rules
Bible Passage EZEKIEL 36:22-32
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2018 & book EZEKIEL.

God Rules

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 29, 2018

SCRIPTURE 📖
22  “Therefore tell the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says: “I’m not about to act for your sake, you house of Israel, but for the sake of my holy reputation, which you have been defiling throughout all of the nations where you’ve gone.

23  I’m going to affirm my great reputation that has been defiled among the nations (that is, that you have defiled in their midst), and those people will learn that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I affirm my holiness in front of their very eyes.

24  I’m going to remove you from the nations, gather you from all of the territories, and bring you all back to your own land.

25  I’ll sprinkle pure water on you all, and you’ll be cleansed from your impurity and from all of your idols.”

26  “‘“I’m going to give you a new heart, and I’m going to give you a new spirit within all of your deepest parts. I’ll remove that rock-hard heart of yours and replace it with one that’s sensitive to me.

27  I’ll place my spirit within you, empowering you to live according to my regulations and to keep my just decrees.

28  You’ll live in the land that I gave to your ancestors, you’ll be my people, and I will be your God.

29  In addition, I’ll deliver you from everything that makes you unclean. I’ll call out to the grain you plant, ordering it to produce abundant yields, and I will never bring famine in your direction.

30  I’ll increase the yields of your fruit trees and crops so that you’ll never again experience the disgrace of famine that occurs in other nations.

31  Then you’ll remember your lifestyles and practices that were not good. You’ll hate yourselves as you look at your own iniquities and loathsome practices.

32  I won’t be doing any of this for your sake,” declares the Lord GOD, “so keep that in mind. Be ashamed and frustrated because of your behavior, you house of Israel!”’”

BACKGROUND ✝
God had driven the people of Israel out of their land because their sins had made them unclean in his sight (Read Ezekiel 36:16-19). Onlooking nations, however, did not see it that way. They mocked God, saying that the removal of Israel from its land showed that He was weak. He could not save His people from the superior gods of the nations.

Today’s scripture, therefore, is God’s correction of this misunderstanding and to restore His honor by bringing Israel back to its land. He will cleanse His people from their idolatry and put a new spirit within them. Then, instead of being stubborn as in former days, they will have a readiness to do God’s will.

The land will give them the best of agricultural blessings. They will be ashamed when they remember their bad conduct in the past, whereas God will be honored by the nations that once mocked Him.

LESSONS ✍🏽
🔷God Rules Our God is not a weak God. He has absolute control over everything

🔷God Rules It is only the grace of God that restores us, not our goodness

PRAYER POINTS 🙏🏽
💥God Rules Ask God to forgive your sins
💥God Rules Put your requests before God

CONCLUSION 📙
The Lord does not show His kindness because people deserve it. We can never earn any reward. from God. All that we deserve is death. God is rather kind to us because He loves us.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections