Tag: cleansing from idols
Scripture reading for August 27th: Ezekiel 33-36
I noticed that Ezekiel mentioned the garden of Eden in a number of passages. He seemed to be attracted to that beautiful Garden and the state of man walking with God in peace and harmony. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says; On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited. “” (Ezekiel 36:33-35)
In the case of Jerusalem and the destroyed towns of Israel, God told Israel that He would resettle them in the towns and restore what was destroyed. The cultivated land that was overgrown with weeds would be restored to productivity. In fact, those who saw the restoration would liken it to the “garden of Eden”. By the way “Eden” means “delights”.
In the case of man’s broken relationship with God, He also has a plan of restoration to the state of delights. It is given in Ezekiel 36:26-27, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.” This is the new covenant that God promised for His people and fulfilled through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit from our Father. We have the rubble of a stony heart removed by God’s surgery when we turn to Him in humble repentance. He gives us a new heart and the Holy Spirit to move us to keep His word and follow His ways. We have our fellowship with God restored and are filled with joy and delight to know God again! Instead of the garden of Eden, we are now looking for Jesus Christ who will take us to a beautiful place prepared just for us! There will be complete restoration, even better than the garden of Eden! Are you ready?