"’God, the Master, says, I’ll do to you just as you have already done,
you who have treated my oath with contempt and broken the covenant. All
the same, I’ll remember the covenant I made with you when you were
young and I’ll make a new covenant with you that will last forever.
You’ll remember your sorry past and be properly contrite when you
receive back your sisters, both the older and the younger. I’ll give
them to you as daughters, but not as participants in your covenant.
I’ll firmly establish my covenant with you and you’ll know that I am
God. You’ll remember your past life and face the shame of it, but when
I make atonement for you, make everything right after all you’ve done,
it will leave you speechless.’" Decree of God, the Master. Ezekiel 16:59-63 (TM)
God spends much of Ezekiel 16 railing against Jerusalem’s "whoring" ways and unfaithfulness, proclaims punishment – but then ends up with this promise of the coming New Covenant when God makes atonement for us. It does leave me speechless. What "amazing grace" that, after all I’ve done, God still loved me enough to send his Son to make atonement for my sins.