My reading of Scripture today was Ezekiel 15 – 16.  Chapter 16 describes the sins of Judah and Israel, and why God judged them, the sins of Sodom and their judgment (16:49-50).  We can see clearly that God does not tolerate sin.  Sin is what God calls sin; it does not matter at all what we may think is sin.  What God calls sin is sin.

In the final word concerning the sin of Judah and Israel, and our sin is the final words of chapter 16 to the prophet Ezekiel…

“For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant. Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant. And I will establish My covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: that thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 16:59-63

I will let John Gill and his Exposition of verse 60 close this study…

Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth,…. The covenant made with them at Sinai, quickly after they came out of Egypt, when they were, both as a body politic and ecclesiastical, in their infant state; for, as Kimchi says, all the while they were in Egypt, and until they, came into the land of Canaan, were called the days of their youth; and to this covenant, which had the nature of a matrimonial contract, the, prophet refers when he speaks of the “love” of their “espousals”, and the “kindness” of their “youth”, Jer_2:2; this covenant the Lord remembered, and made good his part, though they neglected theirs; and it was particularly remembered when Christ was made under this law, and became the fulfilling end of it to his people; yielding perfect obedience to it, and bearing the penalty of it in their room and stead; for here begins a declaration of the grace and mercy of God to the remnant, according to the election of grace, which were among this degenerate people, and whom the Lord had a special regard unto:

and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant; the covenant of grace, made with the Messiah and his spiritual seed; which is confirmed of God in Christ; ordered in all things and sure; whose promises are yea and amen in Christ; and the blessings of it, the sure mercies of David; a covenant that shall never be broken, made void, or removed; but will continue for ever. This is the new covenant, or the covenant of grace, as exhibited and administered under the New Testament; see Heb_8:8.” From John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

This covenant is for all who will come to Jesus Christ through His death on the cross, the burial, and resurrection.  Believe Him, and you will live eternally with Him.

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