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A CHANGE OF HEART
September 24, 2017

 

SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 36:22-32

 

KEY VERSE: A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

 

INTRODUCTION: Many non-Christians know the hymn "Amazing Grace" but may not know what grace means. One day when evangelist Dwight L. Moody was studying the meaning of God's grace, he raced into the street and shouted to the first man he saw, "Do you know grace?" Mystified, the man replied, "Grace who?" No doubt Moody then explained grace -- that God has compassion on sin-sick people and freely offers them forgiveness and new life through faith in Christ.

 

I read of a man who had lived a troubled life and died without understanding the message of God's grace. A minister had talked to him and encouraged him to come to church, but his response was, "I'm too undeserving." He didn't know that God's grace is for the undeserving.

 

Let's help others to understand that God's salvation is for sinners only -- and that includes all of us. That's what makes God's grace so amazing!

 

I. NOT FOR ISRAEL, BUT FOR GOD. (Ezekiel 36:22-23)

 

INSIGHT: As a prophet, Ezekiel called himself a spokesman for the “Lord God” (i.e., “Sovereign Lord”). This title for God is used 217 times in the Book of Ezekiel, while occurring only 103 times in the rest of the Old Testament. The title emphasized God’s sovereign authority over Israel and His faithfulness in keeping the covenant promises He made to His people.

 

A. Savior’s Name. (Matthew 1:21)

 

(Matthew 1:21) [The angel announced to Joseph,] "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

 

Jesus is the Savior/Messiah, and His name “Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Joshua, which is a contraction of two words, Jehovah and Hoshea, which means "God the Savior" or "Savior God."

 

Jesus is His name ("God the Savior"). This is the name which is above every name, and the name of the only One who can save us. No one can take His place or approach God the Father without Him.

 

B. Lord’s Honor. (Ezekiel 36:22)

 

(Ezekiel 36:22) Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

 

God has yet to defend His name in this earth. There are a great many people who ridicule the church today and the people who are in it. They blaspheme God because of it. God is going to justify Himself in this earth, and he is going to sanctify His name down here. Many take His name in vain today, but God says, “That’s going to stop, and you are going to honor Me.” This is His world.

 

C. God’s Promises. (Ezekiel 36:23)

 

(Ezekiel 36:23) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

 

While in Ezekiel’s time Israel had caused God’s holy name to be profaned among the nations, when the Lord restores His people in the future, it will be a different matter entirely.

 

According to Isaiah, when the Redeemer comes to Israel, His blessing “light” (Isaiah 60:1) will fall on Israel. In turn, Israel will reflect (i.e., “shine”) the spiritual truth and glory of God upon Gentile nations. Thus the Lord will use the nation of Israel as an instrument to dissipate the spiritual “darkness” (Isaiah 60:2) that engulfs the world.

 

The Name
By Dave Branon

 

It’s not easy to keep up with the shorthand that accompanies today’s fast-paced, youth-oriented electronic communication. In IM-speak (Instant Message talk) or text-message language, “laughing out loud” becomes “lol.” “By the way” is “btw.” And regrettably, some people use “omg” for “Oh, my God!”

 

This last phrase seems to be on the lips of many who receive startling news. But as Christians, we need to stop before we utter this or any other phrase that flippantly uses God’s name.

 

In Matthew 6, when Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, the first thing He told them to say was this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (verse 9). Clearly, God’s name itself is special. It encompasses His nature, His teachings, and His moral authority. To speak the name of God is to call on the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

 

In every possible way, we should honor and protect God’s holy name, preserving its use for those occasions when we are speaking of Him or addressing Him in faith.

 

Let’s be careful never to turn the hallowed name of our awesome and mighty God into just another flippant phrase on our lips or in a text message. – Adapted from Dave Branon, Our Daily Bread, January 28, 2007

 

II. A NEW HEART, A NEW SPIRIT. (Ezekiel 36:24-32)

 

INSIGHT: God assured the Jews that He would keep His covenant promised (see Deut. 30:1-10) by restoring them to their former state of prosperity in the land. The possession of land in Bible days was a crucial issue for individuals and nations alike. Without a homeland, national identity for a people was virtually impossible.

 

A. The Jews Will Receive The Forgiveness Of Sins. (Ezekiel 36:24-25)

 

(Ezekiel 36:24-25) 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

 

After their return from exile, the Jewish people finally rejected their practice of idolatry. It has never again been the problem that it had been from the nation’s beginning. But a greater transformation is yet to come. God is going to cleanse His people of their sin as He would “sprinkle clean water” (Ezekiel 36:25) on them as in their ritual washings, showing His forgiveness of their sins.

 

B. The Jews Will Be Born Again. (Ezekiel 36:26)

 

(Ezekiel 36:26) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

 

God says what He is going to do. He will also restore their fellowship with Him as He permanently replaced their “hearts of stone” with new “hearts of flesh.” A change is going to take place. “A new heart also will I give you” -- they are going to be born again.

 

C. The Jews Will Have Spiritual Power. Ezekiel (36:27)

 

(Ezekiel 36:27) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

This is what Joel meant in his prophecy -- there is a day coming when God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh, not just some. The Holy Spirit was poured out upon very few on the Day of Pentecost. All Peter said on that day was, “Don’t ridicule us and say we are drunk.”

 

This is like what Joel said is going to happen in the last days. The Holy Spirit has come upon a few, and today God is calling out a people for His name. The minute you turn to Christ, you are regenerated by the Holy Spirit; you are indwelt and baptized by the Holy Spirit; you are put in the body of believers. “In that day,” God says, “I’ll put My Spirit within you.”

 

D. The Jews Will Experience Physical Blessings. (Ezekiel 36:28-29)

 

(Ezekiel 36:28-29) 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.

 

They will dwell in the land, and there will be prosperity in the land. God has promised to them physical blessings, just as He has promised to us spiritual blessings.

 

E. The Jews Will Have A Restored Testimony. (Ezekiel 36:30-32)

 

(Ezekiel 36:30-32) 30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. 31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. 32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.

 

These verses restate the reasons for the planned restoration and renewal of Israel (God’s chosen people). The restoration of Israel will recover God’s glorious reputation among the Gentile nations and erase the guilt of the sin of the Jews. This is all a product of God’s favor on the Jewish people -- even though they had done nothing to merit such mercy.

 

The Restoration of The Jews
By Rev. David Holwick

 

Back in 1864, Dr. John Cumming was certain Israel would be reborn in Palestine.  In a book he wrote over one hundred and twenty years ago he said this:

 

"How does it come to pass that as a nation they have been dispersed over every land, and are even now separated and alone amid the nations?  The predictions of their restoration are written, only not yet fulfilled.  As a nation they were cut off and dispersed, and it is as a nation that they shall be gathered and restored."

 

About the same time an English Bible scholar named James Grant talks about the connection between the re-establishment of Israel and the Second Coming.  In 1866 he wrote,

 

"The personal coming of Christ, to establish his millennium on earth, will not take place until the Jews are restored to their own land...this must require a considerable time yet."

 

When Grant wrote this, even Jews did not expect to go back to Israel.  There were so many obstacles that they thought the Messiah would have to come first.  But then some ominous events began to happen.  By the end of the 1800s severe persecution was driving Jews from Eastern Europe.  Many of their leaders decided it wasn't a solution to be bounced around from one nation to another, so they began to look for a homeland.

 

After World War II all this changed.  All of a sudden, survivors from Hitler's concentration camps poured into Palestine and on May 14, 1948 they established the nation of Israel (first time in 2,000 years).  That night three Arab nations tried to destroy the new state but the Jews beat them back.  The Arabs attacked again in 1956, and 1967, and 1973 but each time the Jews overcame them.

 

They have been physically restored to the land but not spiritually restored.  But the spiritual rebirth is just beginning.  Despite their appalling treatment by Christian people, a few Jews are now turning to Jesus Christ.  They do not see themselves as abandoning their Jewish-ness but as completing it.  Groups like "Jews for Jesus" are starting to have an impact and there are Christian Kibbutzes in Israel.

 

 -- Adapted from a sermon by David Holwick, First Baptist Church (West Lafayette, OH), March 23, 1986

 

CONCLUSION: My friend the time has come.

 

·        Nothing must yet be fulfilled before Jesus Christ returns from glory.

 

1. First the Rapture of the Church.

 

2. Then the Great Tribulation.

 

3. Then (seven years later) the Second Coming of Christ and the setting-up of the Millennial Kingdom on earth.

 

4. Then all of the Lord’s promises to Israel will be fulfilled.

 

·        What God promises God will perform! Jesus the Savior/Messiah may come at any moment. Are you ready?

 

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Perhaps today!” -- Dr. M. R. De Haan

 

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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.

 

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