February 9: God’s Unique Relationship with Israel

God compares His special love relationship with Israel to a newborn that has been discarded but then grows into a beauty.

Ezekiel 16:6-8

‘Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem: “Your birth and your nativity are from the land of Canaan; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.  As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born.

 “And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’  I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare.

 “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.

There is no more fulfilling and higher love than God’s love for Israel. That love was the pattern for His love for all those who will trust and follow Him.

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO RECOGNIZE AND EMBRACE THE LOVE OF HER GOD AND SAVIOR. 

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