Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bible Gem (Ezekiel 20:44)

It is impossible to say that one Bible verse is more divine than another, but some strike us in more vivid ways than others do.  Here is one from my Bible reading this morning:

"And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name's sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the LORD." (Ezekiel 20:44)

This verses highlights the glory of God -- that he is faithful to his promises and that he upholds the glory of his name.  He is our merciful Redeemer, our gracious Savior, and our Comforter.  He does not redeem, save, or comfort because of our deeds; they are corrupt and deserve judgment.  Rather, all he does is for the sake of his name, of his very being, which loves and forgives sinners.

Therefore, we will stand at the judgment as those who are holy and blameless.  For we have been baptized into his name.  We are marked with his name.  At every benediction, the Lord puts his name on us again to bless us.  We are his, and we will be judged as his.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.  And blessed are those who are marked by his name and judged for his name's sake.

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