Re: Verse reading–Ezekiel 20:1-32 (day four)
“But who is keeping count?”  God is!  In this passage, God rehearses for Israel their rebellious history…a history that should have brought about their destruction.  Verses 9, 14, and 22 tell us of God’s mercy…”But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations.”  God preserved Israel, not because they deserved it, but to protect His name.  God is jealous for his reputation and as His children, we should not do anything that would give cause for the world to profane His name.  Aren’t we just like Israel?  We continually fail to be obedient to God and don’t deserve His mercy.  When we yield control of our lives to Him, He has promised to forgive and save our lives.  It is not merit, it is His mercy and trustworthiness to keep His Word.  What a great God we serve!

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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