his exalting love
Ezekiel 16:8-14 (JDV)
Ezekiel 16:8 ” ‘Then I passed by you and saw you, and noticed you were indeed at the age for love. So I spread the edge of my garment over you and covered your nakedness. I pledged myself to you, entered into a covenant with you – this is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh – and you became mine.
Ezekiel 16:9 I washed you with water, rinsed off your blood, and anointed you with oil.
Ezekiel 16:10 I clothed you in embroidered cloth and provided you with fine leather sandals. I also wrapped you in fine linen and covered you with silk.
Ezekiel 16:11 I adorned you with jewelry, putting bracelets on your wrists and a necklace around your neck.
Ezekiel 16:12 I put a ring in your nose, earrings on your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.
Ezekiel 16:13 So you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was made of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey, and oil. You became extremely beautiful and attained royalty.
Ezekiel 16:14 Your fame spread among the nations because of your beauty, because it was perfect through my splendor, which I had bestowed on you. This is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh.
his exalting love
The Lord is telling the love story of how he brought Jerusalem from nothing into a glorious something. The betrayal part of the story is yet to come. Today, we get to contemplate what a wonderful lover our God is. Each of us, like Jerusalem in Ezekiel’s story, began as nothings. Each of us has been exalted by our Savior’s love.
The question for each of us is how we have responded to his exaltation. Have we, like Jerusalem, betrayed his love by idolatry. Have we chosen our own lovers, and abandoned the one who brought us up from nothing?
LORD, thank you for your redeeming, exalting love. Show us how to be faithful to you, and reject the temptation to seek other gods.