free like birds

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 13:18 & 20 which say,

“Prophesy against them 18 and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.”

Okay, so pretty much in this verse the Lord is saying that women were putting on magic charms and veils so that they could ensnare the Israelites. The Lord is also saying that they (those women) were ensnaring the lives of the Israelites but preserving their own. So the Lord set the Israelites free, even though they didn’t really deserve it because they were ensnared and didn’t follow God. The Lord had compassion on them and set them free from their sins.

I’m not sure about you, but to me this seems a lot like what God did for us. I mean the Israelites were ensnared in sin and the Lord set them free, without any cost and even though they didn’t deserve it. That sounds a lot like the Gospel. You see we were like the Israelites in that we were ensnared in our sins, and we couldn’t get out of it. That passage even says that the Israelites were ensnared like birds, and a bird that is caught can’t fly away. Neither could we, we were stuck in sin.

And that is the part where Jesus (and freedom) come in. Jesus came down from heaven and died for our sins on the cross. Jesus who was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself) actually did for our sins on the cross. So like the Israelites God had mercy on us and set us free. We didn’t deserve it, we were the ones who got ourselves trapped in sin, but that is why Jesus took our sins on Him and died in our place on the cross.

We should have died on the cross, but Jesus did, and the reason is because He loved us. He loved us so much that He died for us. That means we should worship Jesus! Because instead of preserving His life and letting us get the punishment for sin, He died for us. But on the third day He rose again. So because Jesus loved us enough to die for us and we should love Him enough for us to praise Him because of what He did for us.

Are you trusting in Jesus who died for your sins?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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