Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 13, 2017

“I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 28.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+28&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

‘Thus says the Lord God, “When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and will manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their land which I gave to My servant Jacob.  They will live in it securely;  and they will build houses, plant vineyards and live securely when I execute judgments upon all who scorn them round about them.  Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.”’”  Verses 25-26.

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47 Save us, O Lord our God,
And gather us from among the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name
And glory in Your praise.
48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise the Lord!”  Psalm 106:47-48.

 

“Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them.
Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is infinite.
The Lord supports the afflicted;
He brings down the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens which cry.
10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
He has blessed your sons within you.”  Psalm 147:1-13.

 

For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.”  And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.  For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.  In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 6:13-20.

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Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 27.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+27&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “And you, son of man, take up a lamentation over Tyre;  and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrance to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, ‘Thus says the Lord God,

“O Tyre, you have said, ‘I am perfect in beauty.’
“Your borders are in the heart of the seas;
Your builders have perfected your beauty.
“They have made all your planks of fir trees from Senir;
They have taken a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you.
“Of oaks from Bashan they have made your oars;
With ivory they have inlaid your deck of boxwood from the coastlands of Cyprus.
“Your sail was of fine embroidered linen from Egypt
So that it became your distinguishing mark;
Your awning was blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah.
“The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your rowers;
Your wise men, O Tyre, were aboard;  they were your pilots.
“The elders of Gebal and her wise men were with you repairing your seams;
All the ships of the sea and their sailors were with you in order to deal in your merchandise.

27 “Your wealth, your wares, your merchandise,
Your sailors and your pilots,
Your repairers of seams, your dealers in merchandise
And all your men of war who are in you,
With all your company that is in your midst,
Will fall into the heart of the seas
On the day of your overthrow.

36 ‘The merchants among the peoples hiss at you;
You have become terrified
And you will cease to be forever.’”’”  Ezekiel 27:1-9 and 27 and 36.

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“Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.”  Proverbs 16:18.

12 For the Lord of hosts will have a day of reckoning
Against everyone who is proud and lofty
And against everyone who is lifted up,
That he may be abased.
13 And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up,
Against all the oaks of Bashan,
14 Against all the lofty mountains,
Against all the hills that are lifted up,
15 Against every high tower,
Against every fortified wall,
16 Against all the ships of Tarshish
And against all the beautiful craft.
17 The pride of man will be humbled
And the loftiness of men will be abased;
And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,

22 Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;
For why should he be esteemed?”  Isaiah 2:12-17 and 22.

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.   

Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 9, 2017

“but I will set glory in the land of the living.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 26.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+26&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now in the eleventh year, on the first of the month, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, because Tyre has said concerning Jerusalem, ‘Aha, the gateway of the peoples is broken;  it has opened to me.  I shall be filled, now that she is laid waste,’ therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and I will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves.  They will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers;  and I will scrape her debris from her and make her a bare rock.  She will be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ declares the Lord God, ‘and she will become spoil for the nations.  Also her daughters who are on the mainland will be slain by the sword, and they will know that I am the Lord.’”

For thus says the Lord God, “When I make you a desolate city, like the cities which are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you and the great waters cover you, then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lower parts of the earth, like the ancient waste places, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited;  but I will set glory in the land of the living.”  Ezekiel 26:1-6 and 19-20.

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In this chapter of God’s judgment on Tyre and all the doom and gloom resulting from God’s punishment of Tyre, there is hope for Judah and Israel:  “but I will set glory in the land of the living.”  Verse 20.

I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first.  I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.  It will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.’”  Jeremiah 33:7-9.

For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land;  and I will build them up and not overthrow them, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.  I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord;  and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”  Jeremiah 24:6-7.

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 2:4-6.

For as many as are the promises of God, in Him (Christ) they are yes;  therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.  Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.”  2 Corinthians 1:20-22.

Today’s Scripture is from Ezekiel chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+25&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“And the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face toward the sons of Ammon and prophesy against them, and say to the sons of Ammon, ‘Hear the word of the Lord God!  Thus says the Lord God, “Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into exile, therefore, behold, I am going to give you to the sons of the east for a possession, and they will set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you;  they will eat your fruit and drink your milk.  I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and the sons of Ammon a resting place for flocks.  Thus you will know that I am the Lord.”  For thus says the Lord God, “Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the scorn of your soul against the land of Israel, therefore, behold, I have stretched out My hand against you and I will give you for spoil to the nations.  And I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands;  I will destroy you.  Thus you will know that I am the Lord.”

‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because Moab and Seir say, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the nations,’ therefore, behold, I am going to deprive the flank of Moab of its cities, of its cities which are on its frontiers, the glory of the land, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon and Kiriathaim, and I will give it for a possession along with the sons of Ammon to the sons of the east, so that the sons of Ammon will not be remembered among the nations.  Thus I will execute judgments on Moab, and they will know that I am the Lord.”

‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,” therefore thus says the Lord God, “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom and cut off man and beast from it.  And I will lay it waste;  from Teman even to Dedan they will fall by the sword.  I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel.  Therefore, they will act in Edom according to My anger and according to My wrath;  thus they will know My vengeance,” declares the Lord God.”  Ezekiel 25:1-14.

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God protects His people and takes vengeance on those who are their enemies.

What is particularly interesting (and comforting to us God’s people) is the extent to which God is offended by His people’s enemies.

We can understand that God would be offended and take vengeance against Edom for Edom’s actions:  “Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them”.

It is more difficult to understand, but we may even be able to understand that God would be offended and take action against Ammon for Ammon’s attitude:  “Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into exile”.

But, it is amazing that God would be offended against Moab for merely not considering Judah as special:  “Because Moab and Seir say, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the nations”.

Thus, the lesson from today’s Scripture is not just that God protects His people and takes vengeance on those who are their enemies;  the lesson is that we should understand how special God considers His people and the extent to which God will guide, protect, and otherwise bless His people. 

Other doctrine teaches that God equally loves everybody.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God only loves His elect, His chosen ones.

The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”  Deuteronomy 7:7-8.

Yet on your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.”  Deuteronomy 10:15. 

For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”  Zechariah 2:8.

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:4-6.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

 

“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
They stumble and perish before You.
For You have maintained my just cause;
You have sat on the throne judging righteously.
You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very memory of them has perished.”  Psalm 9:1-6.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 24.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+24&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

13 “In your filthiness is lewdness.
Because I would have cleansed you,
Yet you are not clean,
You will not be cleansed from your filthiness again
Until I have spent My wrath on you.

14 I, the Lord, have spoken;  it is coming and I will act.  I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry;  according to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you,” declares the Lord God.’”  Verses 13-14.

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17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west
And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream
Which the wind of the LORD drives.”  Isaiah 59:17-19.

 

“… He will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not be disheartened or crushed
Until He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.” 
Isaiah 42:3-4.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 23.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+23&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother;  and they played the harlot in Egypt.  They played the harlot in their youth;  there their breasts were pressed and there their virgin bosom was handled.  Their names were Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister.  And they became Mine, and they bore sons and daughters.  And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

“Oholah played the harlot while she was Mine;  and she lusted after her lovers, after the Assyrians, her neighbors, who were clothed in purple, governors and officials, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses.  She bestowed her harlotries on them, all of whom were the choicest men of Assyria;  and with all whom she lusted after, with all their idols she defiled herself.

“Now her sister Oholibah saw this, yet she was more corrupt in her lust than she, and her harlotries were more than the harlotries of her sister.  She lusted after the Assyrians, governors and officials, the ones near, magnificently dressed, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable young men.  I saw that she had defiled herself;  they both took the same way.  So she increased her harlotries.  And she saw men portrayed on the wall, images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, girded with belts on their loins, with flowing turbans on their heads, all of them looking like officers, like the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their birth.  When she saw them she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.  The Babylonians came to her to the bed of love and defiled her with their harlotry. And when she had been defiled by them, she became disgusted with them.

“For thus says the Lord God, ‘Bring up a company against them and give them over to terror and plunder.  The company will stone them with stones and cut them down with their swords;  they will slay their sons and their daughters and burn their houses with fire.  Thus I will make lewdness cease from the land, that all women may be admonished and not commit lewdness as you have done.  Your lewdness will be requited upon you, and you will bear the penalty of worshiping your idols;  thus you will know that I am the Lord God.’”  Ezekiel 23:1-7 and 11-17 and 46-49.

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Despite all the stunning unfaithfulness and other sin, other doctrine still prefers the god of their desires which is some kind of Santa Claus that only shows lovingkindness.

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who not only shows lovingkindness but Who also shows justice and righteousness.

We see such a showing of justice and righteousness by the LORD God in today’s Scripture.

17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west
And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream
Which the wind of the LORD drives.”  Isaiah 59:17-19.

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.   

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, say to her, ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’  There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey.  They have devoured lives;  they have taken treasure and precious things;  they have made many widows in the midst of her.  Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things;  they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean;  and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.  Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain.  Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken.  The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice.  I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it;  but I found no one.”  Ezekiel 22:23-30.

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Other doctrine keeps searching for that man who would save.

But, Reformed Doctrine knows there is no man who could save, and Reformed Doctrine summarizes Scripture by teaching that man’s natural condition is “Total Depravity”. 

10 as it is written,

There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

 

Reformed Doctrine knows that only God can save.  God is the One and Only Victorious Warrior.

16 And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.
17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the west
And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream
Which the wind of the Lord drives.
20 “A Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the Lord.”  Isaiah 59:16-20.

 

The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:17.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 21.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+21&version=NASB

I quote only the following verse.

A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it.  This also will be no more until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.’”  Ezekiel 21:27.

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Today’s Scripture, as scary as it is to read the Parable of the Sharpened and Polished Sword of the LORD, does contain the hope that total dominion will be given to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  “A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it.  This also will be no more until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.”  Verse 27.

Other doctrine bows down to man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine bows down to the LORD’s sovereignty and absolute dominion over all.

Other doctrine cries out:  “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

But, Reformed Doctrine knows that the LORD does not loosen His grip one bit. 

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  Psalm 2:4-6.

 

“The Lord says to my Lord:
“Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying,
“Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”
Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;
In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,
Your youth are to You as the dew.

The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
The Lord is at Your right hand;
He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath.
He will judge among the nations,
He will fill them with corpses,
He will shatter the chief men over a broad country.
He will drink from the brook by the wayside;
Therefore He will lift up His head.”  Psalm 110:1-7.

 

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:7-12.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 20.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+20&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On the day when I chose Israel and swore to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I swore to them, saying, I am the Lord your God, on that day I swore to them, to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had selected for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands.  I said to them, ‘Cast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt;  I am the Lord your God.’  But they rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me;  they did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt.

Then I resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.  But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt.”  Ezekiel 20:5-9.

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The sad, repetitive history of Israel is described by the LORD in today’s Scripture.  The LORD uses similar language for similar time periods.  Israel rebelled against the LORD and served idols.  The LORD resolved to pour out His wrath on them.  But, the LORD acted for the sake of His name (and spared Israel rather than annihilating them) so that His name would not be profaned in the sight of the nations. 

Nevertheless, other doctrine, following its wishes and man-centered view, leads its disciples to believe that the LORD acts for our sake.

But, Reformed Doctrine, following Scripture and its God-centered view, leads its disciples to believe that the LORD acts for the sake of His name.  

Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.  I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst.  Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.”  Ezekiel 36:22-23.

Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations.  I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you.  Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”  Ezekiel 36:31-32.

“He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.”  Psalm 23:3.

“For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.”  Psalm 25:11.

“For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.”  Psalm 31:3.

“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name;
And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake.”  Psalm 79:9.

Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;
They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses,
But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name,
That He might make His power known.”  Psalm 106:7-8.

“But You, O God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake;
Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;”  Psalm 109:21.

“For the sake of Your name, O Lord, revive me.
In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.”  Psalm 143:11.

“You have not heard, you have not known.
Even from long ago your ear has not been open,
Because I knew that you would deal very treacherously;
And you have been called a rebel from birth.
“For the sake of My name I delay My wrath,
And for My praise I restrain it for you,
In order not to cut you off.
10 “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 “For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act;
For how can My name be profaned?
And My glory I will not give to another.”  Isaiah 48:8-11.

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 19.

“As for you, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel and say,

‘What was your mother?
A lioness among lions!
She lay down among young lions,
She reared her cubs.
‘When she brought up one of her cubs,
He became a lion,
And he learned to tear his prey;
He devoured men.
‘Then nations heard about him;
He was captured in their pit,
And they brought him with hooks
To the land of Egypt.
‘When she saw, as she waited,
That her hope was lost,
She took another of her cubs
And made him a young lion.
‘And he walked about among the lions;
He became a young lion,
He learned to tear his prey;
He devoured men.
‘He destroyed their fortified towers
And laid waste their cities;
And the land and its fullness were appalled
Because of the sound of his roaring.
‘Then nations set against him
On every side from their provinces,
And they spread their net over him;
He was captured in their pit.
‘They put him in a cage with hooks
And brought him to the king of Babylon;
They brought him in hunting nets
So that his voice would be heard no more
On the mountains of Israel.
10 ‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard,
Planted by the waters;
It was fruitful and full of branches
Because of abundant waters.
11 ‘And it had strong branches fit for scepters of rulers,
And its height was raised above the clouds
So that it was seen in its height with the mass of its branches.
12 ‘But it was plucked up in fury;
It was cast down to the ground;
And the east wind dried up its fruit.
Its strong branch was torn off
So that it withered;
The fire consumed it.
13 ‘And now it is planted in the wilderness,
In a dry and thirsty land.
14 ‘And fire has gone out from its branch;
It has consumed its shoots and fruit,
So that there is not in it a strong branch,
A scepter to rule.’”

This is a lamentation, and has become a lamentation.”   Ezekiel chapter 19.

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Other doctrine trusts in man’s works, man’s wisdom, and man’s will for salvation, security, and success.

But, Reformed Doctrine trusts in God alone for salvation, security, and success.

Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
10 The Lord will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!”  Psalm 146:3-10.

Thus says the Lord,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
“For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:5-8.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”  Psalm 91:1-2.

“Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”  Psalm 127:1-2.

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