Ezekiel 16:59-63 (JDV)
Ezekiel 16:59 ” ‘You see, this is what the Lord Yahveh says: I will deal with you according to what you have done since you have thought lightly of the oath by breaking the covenant.
Ezekiel 16:60 But I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish a permanent covenant with you.
Ezekiel 16:61 Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed when you receive your older and younger sisters. I will give them to you as daughters, but not because of your covenant.
Ezekiel 16:62 I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am Yahveh,
Ezekiel 16:63 so that when I make atonement for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth again because of your disgrace. This is the declaration of the Lord Yahveh.'”
Through the long allegory of this chapter, the LORD explains his relationship with his people. It was an act of grace by which the LORD rescued Israel as an abandoned infant, and brought her up, removing her shame. He brought her up, and married her, and gave her more glory than all the others around her. She responded to this love by being unfaithful, committing adultery – idolatry with all of the nations around her. So, the LORD removes his protection from her, and she will once again become an object of reproach, bearing the penalty of her lewdness and her abominations.
But there is hope. The LORD will remember the covenant he had made with his wife. He will establish another covenant, an everlasting one. He will take his unfaithful wife back – but on new terms. Even Hittites and Amorites will be part of this new covenant.
LORD, thank you for including us in your new covenant, bought with the blood of Christ.