Ezekiel 36: A new heart (part five)

This is week three of a series in Ezekiel 33-37, about God’s promised reboot of his people. If you’ve just joined, you can either go to the start of the series, or simply begin the new chapter with us starting from Monday’s post.

Today, we’re finishing off our look at Ezekiel chapter 36: the new heart God promised via Ezekiel, and then delivered in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We saw that if we’ve joined God’s people, we’ve been given that heart transplant, too.

Living with our new heart

So what are the post-operative instructions? How do we make sure our body doesn’t reject the transplant?

Simply this: get on board with what God is doing.

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Ezekiel 36: A new heart (part four)

This is week three of a series in Ezekiel 33-37, about God’s promised reboot of his people. If you’ve just joined, you can either go to the start of the series, or simply begin the new chapter with us starting from Monday’s post.

Yesterday, we saw how Jesus turned up announcing good news: the new heart promised in Ezekiel 36 was coming. A donor heart was on its way! Today, we see how that happened, and how we fit in to the story.

How did the transplant happen?

Well, just like with any heart transplant, someone first has to die. And this is where Jesus separates himself from every other religious and philosophical guru who’s ever tried to show us how we should live. He doesn’t just paint this Utopian picture of a people living with changed, obedient hearts—and then call us all, somehow, to live up to it. To change ourselves. No, he paints that picture and then makes it possible.

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Ezekiel 36: A new heart (part three)

This is week three of a series in Ezekiel 33-37, about God’s promised reboot of his people. If you’ve just joined, you can either go to the start of the series, or simply begin the new chapter with us starting from Monday’s post.

We finished yesterday with the realisation that Israel didn’t deserve their new heart—and neither do we. Our only hope is to become part of this reboot God’s preparing to perform on his people, and to share in that new heart. Let’s continue the story:

God himself performs the surgery

Ezekiel 36:24 ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.’

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Ezekiel 36: A new heart (part two)

This is week three of a series in Ezekiel 33-37, about God’s promised reboot of his people. If you’ve just joined, you can either go to the start of the series, or simply begin the new chapter with us starting from Monday’s post.

Yesterday, we saw God prepping the patient for the coming heart transplant: he was preparing the land for his people’s return from exile.

The patient doesn’t deserve a transplant

Not that they deserve it, of course. I mean, the next part of the chapter reminds them of this quite graphically:

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Ezekiel 36: A new heart (part one)

This is week three of a series in Ezekiel 33-37, about God’s promised reboot of his people. If you’ve just joined, you can either go to the start of the series, or simply begin the new chapter with us today.

On the 3rd of December, 1967, a team of doctors in South Africa performed the world’s first successful heart transplant. The recipient was a 53 year old man who was dying from chronic heart disease. He received his new heart from a young woman who died in a car accident, aged 25. They took out his old, dying heart—and put a new one in. And for 18 days the new heart functioned perfectly.

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