Imagine if you were a doctor, and you had to do surgery on yourself. It is possible. But imagine if you needed a heart transplant? Logically, you would be unable to perform that surgery on yourself, no matter how skilled a surgeon you are.
The Jews need heart surgery, they need a new heart. Change needs to take place for God’s remnant. Why? Because they have been disobedient and profaned God’s name. Can they change their ways and gain a new heart on their own? Of course not! However, we see in Ezekiel 36, the grace of God is abundantly poured out onto them. Not because they are deserving of it, but because God knows that the Jews are unable to save themselves. God will be their gracious and merciful heart surgeon.
Ezekiel’s role as a prophet is to remind people of the covenant and law that the people are in with God. The Jews have failed to keep their promises of the covenant; however, God has not failed, and is faithful. Therefore, he will help and enable them to keep it. He will restore them in many ways, which Tony will cover in the sermon. But to mention one, God will give them a new heart, and the Spirit of God will change them. Have you allowed God to perform heart surgery, or are you putting it off? God needs to be first in your life.
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:25-27