Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 15, 2017

“He will bear their iniquities.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 4.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem.  Then lay siege against it, build a siege wall, raise up a ramp, pitch camps and place battering rams against it all around.  Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and set your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it.  This is a sign to the house of Israel.

“As for you, lie down on your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it;  you shall bear their iniquity for the number of days that you lie on it.  For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, three hundred and ninety days;  thus you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.  When you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side and bear the iniquity of the house of Judah;  I have assigned it to you for forty days, a day for each year.”  Ezekiel 4:1-6.

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Ezekiel was used by the LORD for a sign to the house of Israel both of the siege and the bearing of the iniquities of Israel and Judah.

Today’s devotion will focus on the bearing of the iniquities of Israel and Judah.  In figuratively bearing of the iniquities of Israel and Judah, suffering Ezekiel points us to suffering Jesus Who truly bore the iniquities of His people.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.”  Isaiah 53:4-6.

“As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.”  Isaiah 53:11.


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