Ezekiel and Hebrews both talked about the New Covenant today. I love it when that happens.
Coincidence? Or Providence?
Ezekiel compares His people’s apostasy to the actions of a prostitute. She has turned to idols for fulfillment, although they don’t satisfy. Idol worship is adultery against her husband, the LORD. Such worship leads Jerusalem away from justice and compassion, towards sexual sin and child sacrifice.
God’s people turned from Him despite the fact that He chose them, adorned them, made them His bride, loved them.
And we do the same.
After Ezekiel talks at length about God’s coming just judgment against Jerusalem, there’s an abrupt turn in the passage:
…yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish for you an everlasting covenant…. I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the LORD…, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 16: 60, 62, 63b ESV)
The author of Hebrews also discusses the awesome, gracious, merciful fact of the New Covenant. He quotes a passage from Jeremiah similar to Ezekiel 11 – a passage which discusses the fact of the New Covenant which will give us a new deep-seated knowledge of God.
Ezekiel 16: 63 tells us that this New Covenant will be ushered in with an atonement. And the writer of Hebrews – quoting Jeremiah 31:34 – tells us what that atonement accomplishs:
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more. (Hebrews 8:12 ESV)
Thank God for His New Covenant and the Cross that bore it to us.
Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 15:1-16:63, Psalm 123:1-4, Proverbs 28:20, Hebrews 8:1-13. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).