This week I was greatly impacted by an analogy I found in Ezekiel 11:18-20.
18And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 19And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Ezekiel is prophesying regarding the return of God’s people to the promised land. They are to clean up the land, removing all of the detestable things.
As I read this, I see a parallel regarding our continued obedience to God. The heart of stone represents the law. The ten commandments were written on stone. They articulated very clearly what the rules and statutes were, and what obedience to God looked like. The heart of flesh represents Jesus, who came in human flesh to die for our sins.
In our desire to obey God, and honour Him, and in the midst of our past failures, we might have a tendency to allow the ‘heart of stone’ to drive us towards obedience. Whenever we allow ourselves to think that the law is what will steer us into obedience, we are then relying on our own strength and effort – a sure recipe for failure. Instead, we need to allow the heart of flesh to steer us towards obedience. We must ensure that our relationship with Jesus, and our connection with him remains strong and secure. Through our relationship with Him, we are empowered to live in obedience.
Be blessed this week!
Ross & Amanda Stewart