Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 8, 2017

“the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 48.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+48&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“These are the exits of the city:  on the north side, 4,500 cubits by measurement, shall be the gates of the city, named for the tribes of Israel, three gates toward the north:  the gate of Reuben, one;  the gate of Judah, one;  the gate of Levi, one.  On the east side, 4,500 cubits, shall be three gates: the gate of Joseph, one;  the gate of Benjamin, one;  the gate of Dan, one.  On the south side, 4,500 cubits by measurement, shall be three gates:  the gate of Simeon, one;  the gate of Issachar, one;  the gate of Zebulun, one.  On the west side, 4,500 cubits, shall be three gates:  the gate of Gad, one;  the gate of Asher, one;  the gate of Naphtali, one.  The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about;  and the name of the city from that day shall be, ‘The LORD is there.’”  Ezekiel 48:30-35.

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Despite the sin of Israel and the punishment of Israel detailed in the book of Ezekiel, the book of Ezekiel concludes with God’s provision of land, portions, and even gates for Israel.

The naming of each tribe and the naming of the city as “The LORD is there.” shows how abundant and tender such care of God is.

Today’s Scripture gives us hope too.  If God showed such care for the nation of Israel who sinned so much, then we can have faith in the promises of God in Scripture to care for us.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man;  though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”  Romans 5:6-11.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.


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