he said ‘live’

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he said ‘live’

Ezekiel 16:1-7 (JDV)

Ezekiel 16:1 The word of Yahveh happened to me. This is what it said:
Ezekiel 16:2 “Son of Adam, confront Jerusalem with her repulsive practices.
Ezekiel 16:3 You are to say, ‘This is what the Lord Yahveh says to Jerusalem: Your origin and your birth were in the land of the Canaanites. Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hethite.
Ezekiel 16:4 As for your birth, your umbilical cord wasn’t cut on the day you were born, and you weren’t washed clean with water. You were not rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.
Ezekiel 16:5 No eye looked compassionately on you to do even one of these things out of pity for you. But you were thrown out into the open field because you were thought lightly of on the day you were born.
Ezekiel 16:6 ” ‘I passed by you and saw you thrashing around in your blood, and I said to you as you lay in your blood, “Live!” Yes, I said to you as you lay in your blood, “Live!”
Ezekiel 16:7 I made you numerous like plants of the field. You grew up and matured and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, but you were stark naked.

he said ‘live’

Ezekiel needed to remind his people of their humble beginnings as a nation, and the fact that they owe their existence to the compassion of their God. He saw them when they were unpresentable, and he choose to give them life.

Such is the case with all of us. None of us gave birth to ourselves. We owe our lives to a Savior who cared — and he still cares.

Thank you, compassionate LORD.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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