Daily Devotion: …But For The Sake of My Holy Name

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Bible Readings for Wednesday March 23nd, 2011 – The 2nd Week of Lent

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Psalm 128

Ezekiel 36:22-32

John 7:53—8:11

  • Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. – Psalm 128:4
  • 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. – Ezekiel 36:26
  • When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” – John 8:7

In our reading from Ezekiel 36 today, we hear a tone of a God who is fed up with the ways of a callous, cynical, and selfish people who even in exile manage to ignore God’s ways and bring sadness to God’s heart. And yet, he still promises to return them from exile into the land of their fathers.

In the passage from John, regardless of the woman’s apparent infidelity, Jesus still protects her from the “righteous” mob.

“Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Why does God continue to defend us and provide for us, even when we are not obedient to God’s word?

I think an even more important question is: why do we think God won’t?

It is our own human assumption that God should not provide to the sinner. It is our own human assumption that God wants to punish us.

Yet over and over the bible illustrates to us that God will provide for us, no matter how we acted previously, or how we respond to it later.

It is difficult to imagine such a love, such a generosity of the heart which overcomes even disappointment and heartache for our transgressions to still provide for us. And it is becuase that quality of love is difficult to imagine that the Kingdom on Earth is so far from us today. The Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven requires that we begin to love as God loves en masse, a ceaseless charity of our hearts without requirement of merit or reciprocation.

And yet we still run rampant through this world, selfish and bold in our sin, as if the last two-thousand years have meant nothing to us. We still march on, living the way of the sword, satisfying every desire without restraint or consideration for love, judgmental, gluttonous, vain and hard of heart.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”

 

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

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