By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation: Ezekiel 36:25-28"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you; and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people and I will be your God."Ezekiel 36:25-28-----Ladder Rung: E3625LE and L are the first and last letters of Ezekiel.Selection of words to aid in rememberance:Exclusively Loved.Let's break our reference down and focus on our "start" verse only since the goal is to keep in mind, where the passage is located:36:25The "time practice" appears to be helping many so we'lll go with 3:00 and 6:00 PM for our rehearsal of the passage.At 3:00 we'll rehearse it x2.At 6:00 we'll rehearse it x5.This will prove valuable for our meditation into the evening hours.-----Today's power-filled promise was conferred upon the nation of Israel during a bleak and black period of her history. With a heavy "plot" reading of gnarled and knotted up sin issues, Israel finds herself taken captive by the ruthless Babylonians and reaping the consequence of her wayward heart. God had purposed and decreed the "banishment of His people" from Israel for the purpose of "drawing back" His people.He was waiting for them to repent,Able to restore,Willing to reconcile,Intent and bent on forgiving and loving them.It's a rough and bumpy, downrighy lumpy season in Israel's historyThe book of Ezekiel and today's passage rehearse a committed love story about a faithful God and a fickle people.What God did for His people Israel, back then, He also does for you and me, today.How do I know?Because He sent His eternally loved Son, Jesus, to earth for us as a final measure of unending, enduring, exclusive love.The New Testament was added as a continuum to God's unraveling and unfolding mysterious love for man ... and "our" names were brought in at just the right time of God's appointing.-----God is in the business of restructuring, renewing, and "reclaiming the lost freight" called our lives.How He does it or why He does it is anyone's guess ...But that He does it is His promise.In the bleakest, blackest, darkest, and most hellish places we get lost in, Christ transmits a tender ray of hope through the cross of Calvary and the blood of His Son Jesus. Instead of reconciling us to a fate which we deserve; He gives us the gift of His Son in whom we are preserved and being reserved a place in eternity.Instead of ushering in condemnation;He ushers in reconciliation.Instead of guilt and shame;He ushers in grace,And His name ...As our remedy.And the clean water washes and makes new.The scarlet blood of Passover falls over the fickle, frail frames of our human hearts and makes them soft, pliable, and new.Rehearse today's passage and reflect on the depth of profound love God has for you.-----Holy and faithful High Priest and Loving Father,Sprinkle clean water upon me and cleanse me of filth and contamination. Grant me a new and tender heart, Empower me with Your Spirit,Embolden me with Your Word.Remove this heart of stone and make it as Yours.Quiet and console me with Thy providences of grace and provision.For Thy exclusive, eternal, unending and undeserved love,My heart gives Thee thanks. Amen.
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