by Beverly Barnett
Friday, May 24
A Promise to Israel
“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you,” Ezekiel 36:25.
A commentary by Matthew Henry offered this explanation of the text verse, “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, which signifies both the blood of Christ sprinkled upon the conscience to purify that and to take away the sense of guilt (as those that were sprinkled with the water of purification were thereby discharged from their ceremonial uncleanness) and the grace of the Spirit sprinkled on the whole soul to purify it from all corrupt inclinations and dispositions.” God has loved Israel and has made many conditional promises to them; most of them have to do with their love and obedience to Him first, but this one is based solely on God’s promise to Israel.
None of us, not even Israel, can clean ourselves up enough to meet the qualifications to be in God’s presence. That is why we need Jesus. Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, through His redemptive blood, cleanses “us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Remember the Pharisees? They were very religious people, straining at the smallest infraction of the Law; yet, Jesus said they were only cleaning the outside of the cup and the platter. (See Luke 11:39.) Even today Israel needs Jesus as much as we do. And when they turn to Him, the Father will remove their sins and cleanse their souls.
REFLECTION: “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).