Last night, Ryan preached a sermon from Ezekiel 16 titled, “God’s Initiative and Persistency in Love and Mercy.”
If Ezekiel 16 peaked your interest last night, here’s another idea: read an old sermon on the same text by Charles Spurgeon, titled, “Ezekiel’s Deserted Infant.”
Here’s a link to Spurgeon’s sermon, and here’s his outline:
I. At the outset, I shall direct your contemplations to a survey of the misery of man’s estate.
- At the very first glance, we remark, here is an early ruin.
- The next very apparent teaching of the text is utter inability.
- Apparent, too, is yet a third misfortune—we are utterly friendless.
- Furthermore, our text very clearly reveals to us that we are by nature in a sad state of exposure.
- It seems that this child, besides being in this exposed state, was loathsome.
- We close this fearful description by observing the certain ruin to which this infant was exposed, as setting forth the sure destruction of every man if Divine Grace prevents not.
II. We are now to search for motives for God’s grace.
- One of the first would be, necessity.
- In this case, there was nothing in the birth of this child, in its original parentage, that could move the passerby.
- Nor was there anything in this child’s beauty, for it was loathsome.
- Furthermore, as we have found no motive yet, either in necessity or the child’s birth or beauty, so we find none in any entreaties that were uttered by this child.
- Yet, further, Brothers and Sisters—it does not appear that the pity of the passerby was shown upon this child because of any future service which was expected of it.
III. But now, we turn to consider the mandate of his mercy.
- This fiat of God is majestic.
- This fiat is manifold as well as majestic.
- It is, moreover, spiritual life.
- It is an irresistible voice.