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It's a trap! Ezekiel 18.31 meets Admiral Ackbar.

October 3, 2017

 

Sometimes, Scripture sets us up, takes advantage of our habit of taking everything literally.

 

This past Sunday, Ezekiel did just that.  God, through the prophet, tells the people, "get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit" (18.31).  And we dutifully venture off trying to find a new heart and a new spirit, never thinking for a moment what we will do if we find a new heart.  Good luck giving yourself a heart transplant.  It just doesn't work that way.

 

It's a trap!

 

God sets a trap for us, hoping that in being entangled in it, we might learn something about trusting in God, and about the futility of trusting in ourselves.

 

Ezekiel 18.31 is a trap.  It is setting us up to work futilely ourselves for a bit in order that we might fully hear with all of its hope and promise Ezekiel 36.26: "A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."

 

Or better yet, that we might be ready to hear from Jeremiah 31.33 on Reformation Sunday in a few weeks: "I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."

 

Good luck finding a new heart.  Good luck performing a heart transplant on yourself.

 

When you need heart surgery, you need a surgeon.  When you need a new heart and a new spirit, you need Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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