Flesh and Spirit
Passage #2 lesson 1
MY WORDS ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 11:18-20 (in Context) Ezekiel 11 (Whole Chapter)
The first Lesson in this series is going to answer the question who is “I”?
What could make whoever “I” is so bold as to assert a right, duty, or desire to remove and replace “hearts of “them”, (whoever they are?).
Just what is an undivided heart anyway? Last but not least what is a “new spirit” and what was wrong with the “old spirit”?
“I” must have cornered the market on Spirits. Where did the old one come from and how and where does “I” get new souls?
GOD CHANGES HEARTS AND PUTS A NEW SPIRIT WITHIN
Wow that is a lot of questions and potential lessons!
The question as to who “I” is answered immediately in the first verse of chapter one of Ezekiel and if more information is needed read the first four chapters of Genesis.
God is “I”.
God opens the heavens for an exiled priest and prophet named Ezekiel. Visions from God, whose hand, (or spirit), was upon Ezekiel, reveals the glory, the brilliance and uniqueness of God’s dwelling and divine attendants. These attendants and their surroundings are vividly given from verse 4 through verse 24.
The voice of God and a description of the throne and God are given.
On a throne of what looked like sapphire was a figure like that of a man. From the waist up the figure looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, from the waist down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. The radiance around him was like that of a rainbow, on a rainy day.
God asks Ezekiel to stand on his feet after his appearance had prostrated Ezekiel before him. God’s spirit entered him and raised him to his feet. God declares that he is sending Ezekiel to the rebellious Israelites. God gives a rendering of the heart and minds of this rebellious people whom he had chosen.
God says they are obstinate and stubborn scorpions, briars and thorns who Ezekiel need not fear.
God gives Ezekiel a scroll written on both sides with words of lament mourning and woe. God fed Ezekiel his sweet tasting words of warning for Israel.
God informs Ezekiel these obstinate and rebellious Isrelites of the Northern Kingdom do not and will not listen to him and surely will not heed Ezekiel’s words, but he is to deliver them anyway.
God says he will make Ezekiel as hard and unyielding as the Israelites and he should not fear them.
The Spirit lifted me up and I went away in bitterness and anger of my spirit with the strong hand of the Lord upon me.
Have you ever heard the small still voice of the spirit of God? Or felt the pangs of conscience, a self Knowledge that seems to obligate you to do the right thing. Have you felt awareness that an action or attitude is right or wrong.
Ask yourself some questions.
What happens if your conscience dies?
What can be done to bring your dead conscience to life?
What, why, who dulls your conscience.
When would it be possible to do wrong and not sense it?
(questions from the Student Bible Dictionary)