Depth of Mercy
I hope you have progressed in your trip through the Bible in 365 days. Taking off the month of August has allowed me to focus on a study of the Minor Prophets in preparation for a Sunday school class I will be teaching this fall.
Today we come to Ezekiel 14:12-16:63, a passage which describes the depth of sin of God’s covenant people. Once again, the perverseness of evil is only overcome by the vastness of God’s mercy and grace. Their sin is deplorable, but so is mine. Israel could never cleanse their sin. Nor can I. And God knows it all. I cannot hide it. I cannot disguise it.
But God who is rich in mercy could and did pay the full price for it. In Christ, God took my sins upon Himself. He bore my punishment. He took my sentence.
Is that your belief too? If so, you know the peace and joy of facing your sin in the light of the gospel, the good news of life in Jesus Christ. Rejoice!
[For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].