Saturday, August 15, 2009

All that God does is if for His own glory

31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

16 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. 18 Therefore I poured out My fury on them for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. 19 So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. 20 When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ 21 But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. 29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. 31 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. 32 Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”
33 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. 35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.
37 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. 38 Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”’” (Ezekiel 36:16-38)
In the purposes of God there is not a lot that we can do, other than give thanks to the Lord for what He has done, and simply obey the commandments that He has given for us to keep.

Let's take a look at what the Lord has done, and for what purpose. The Lord has:

1. made a New Covenant
2. made a Covenant with our fathers
3. taken us by the hand to lead us
4. been a husband to us
5. made a covenant with the extended family (house) of Israel (the Church)
6. put His Law in our minds
7. written His Law on our hearts
8. declared Himself to be our God
9. forgiven our iniquities
10. remembered our sins no more
11. poured out His fury upon the (apostate) church
12. scattered the (apostate) church among the nations
13. judged the (apostate) church
14. had concern for His Holy Name
15. sanctified His great Name
16. identified Himself as the Lord
17. hallowed Himself in His church
18. brought the church together out of all the nations
19. cleansed the church of idolatry
20. washed the church clean with the sprinkling of water (of baptism and of the ministration of the Word)
21. given the members of the church new hearts
22. renewed the spirit within the members of the church
23. placed the Holy Spirit within the spirit of the members of the church
24. taken out the stony heart and given a new heart of flesh to the members of the church
25. by the Holy Spirit caused the members of the church to walk in the Law of God
26. given a land for the church to call their own
27. made the land inhabited by the church to be productive
28. added men to the numbers of the church
29. caused the unbelieving nations to acknowledge that God is the Lord because of what He has done amongst His Spirit-filled people.

Praise God! I want to be a part of that church. Amen!

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