Sunday School Perspective
A Change Of Heart’
The study of the lesson is in the book of Ezekiel Chapter 36: Verses 22-32 and it offers study about signs of the new covenant concerning a Spirit-filled heart.
Key Verse: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26, KJV: This scripture reveals that God’s grace is able to restore and cleanse believers from sin and give them a new heart and spirit.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 is “A Change of Heart” and this lesson looks to the future when God’s covenants restore the nation of Israel.
The objective for students and readers is to understand and realize with the help of God people and situations can change.
Why Restore Israel? (Ezekiel 36:22-24)
The lesson unfolds emphasizing that the nation of Israel had sinned fatally against the Lord by profaning or abusing His holy name. The Lord assured Israel that that the Covenant of Restoration was to take place but not for them along. The Lord God assured them that it was to sanctify His great name among the nations. It was significant that God’s glory, mercy and faithfulness will be evident to all people. He went on to assure Israel that they would be taken from among the heathen existence and taken to their own land. “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.” (Verses 12-15)
Prophecy of Restoration (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
These verses reveal that a physical renewal was not complete restoration therefore God promised to cleanse his people fully by sprinkling them with clean water assuring removal of their sinful natures and He went on to promise them a new heart and spirit equipping them with the ability to walk upright and be obedient and keep focused of total renewal. “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. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Verse 25-27)
Blessings of Restoration (Ezekiel 36:28-32)
These verses reveal clearly the blessings to be received with total restoration and prosperity not for their sake Blessing #1: The nation would dwell in the land God promised to them. Blessing #2: The Israelites would be known God’s people. Blessing #3: God would deliver them from their unclean nature. Blessing #4: They would be blessed with produce, grain, and free from famine. Blessing #5: They will repent from their evil deeds. It is very significant that this lesson should remind each of us to strive to live empowered with a new Heart and Spirit. “And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.” (Verse 28-32)
PRAISE THE LORD.