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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Weekly Recap #36 - (Part 1) - Ezekiel 16-36

Would you think I was a terrible person to admit....that I really hope how soon we can move onto Daniel?!?!?  
Here's how I described to Pappy the books of the Bible that have a story-line....the ones that I can easily understand....I told him "they have a good beat and are easy to dance to".  And...the ones that seem to drag on and on and are so very repetitive....I find I just can't get into the rhythm (not that I have any rhythm, but that's beside the point I'm trying to make!!!)

Anyway....here are a few things that stood out to me this week....

First of all....I had never realized this before.  I mentioned last week that the Lord caused Ezekiel's tongue to stick to the roof of his mouth and would only allow him to speak when he had something for Him to tell His people.  That meant....Ezekiel could ONLY SPEAK....for the Lord.  Now....that made me stop and think....about how much better off Deb would be if the words that came out of her mouth were simply to glorify the Lord!!!  
Food for thought!!!

Okay....let's get started.....

I discovered this bit of trivia....when a  baby was  born, the umbilical cord was cut and the baby was washed, rubbed with salt and olive oil over her entire body....and swaddled tightly with cloth.  In Ezekiel, Chapter 16, Jerusalem is compared to a baby girl who grows up and becomes a woman who marries, then prostitutes herself out with many lovers.  Jerusalem was doing something along the same lines when she continued to sin, worshiping so many false idols.

Ezekiel 18:19-20
"What?", you ask.  "Doesn't the child pay for the parent's sins?  No! For if the child does  what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live.  The child will not be punished for the parent's sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child's sins.

This was my favorite verse of all this week....
Ezekiel 36:26
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you.  I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart!!!

I know the Lord did just that for me when I accepted Jesus as my Savior....but sometimes my heart isn't so very tender....or responsive!!!  I know that during those times it makes my Lord sad....but He never leaves me....or loves me any less!!!
Oh, what a Savior!!!

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!! 

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