Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 47:8-9 which says,
“He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,[a] where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.”
Doctrine (what it meant to them):What we see here is Ezekiel being told that salty water will go down into Arabah and then it was going to enter the Dead Sea. Then when it emptied into the sea the salty water would become fresh. To them that meant that fish would be there for them to catch and that they could drink of the fresh water and that they could catch game because animals came to drink of the water and where the river flowed everything would live. The Lord was being merciful to them and letting them have fresh water and fish and animals.
The Lord was merciful to the Israelites in that not only did He provide fresh water for them but He allowed sacrifices to be made that could atone for their sins. The Lord was merciful to the Israelites by doing that and He was merciful to us by sending a sacrifice that atoned for our sins. Jesus Christ (who was (and is) the son of God and who was (and is) perfect) died for us by coming down and dying on a cross. The Bible says that no man has greater love that to lay down his life for his friends, but Jesus not only did that He laid down His life for His enemies. Thank you Jesus.
Evangelism (arguments for unbelievers): Jesus came down from heaven and turned the salty water of our sin into fresh clean pure water. He gave us His righteousness, what do you think is better, having salty unclean water or fresh pure water? It is the same with being a believer or unbeliever, unbelievers have salty unclean hearts that are full of sin, but believers have clean pure hearts that are cleansed by Jesus’ blood. We are clean in the site of God because Jesus gave us His righteousness.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus gave us His righteousness in exchange for our sins. He made us pure and clean, we just have to accept Him as our savior. But does that mean we can live the way we want? Yes, don’t get me wrong we can’t just go around sinning like because we are Christians we have a license to sin. We can live the way we want, but if you are a true believer you want to follow Jesus’ example.
Exhortation (what we do as believers): We’ve established that Jesus gives us the fresh water to make us clean. But that doesn’t mean we should just stare at it, that won’t do anything for us. We as Christians need to drink the water that purifies us, we need to ask Jesus for forgiveness of sins, and trust me He will forgive us. So we need to ask Jesus for forgiveness of sins everyday and we should ask the person we might have sinned against.
Exaltation (exalting God for what He has done for us): Now that we know what the passage meant for them, and how that is an argument and how that is what we should do, now we need to exalt God for what He has done for us. Jesus died for our sins, now we should praise Him for what He has done. Dear heavenly father, thank you so much for all that You have done to atone for our sins, please help me to become more like You. Help me to praise and worship you for what You have done for us, in Jesus name Amen.
Are you trusting in Jesus and what He has done to save us from our sins?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.