When we went for a family walk the other day, Laura collected small rocks for the kids to paint at home. This morning I noticed she had arranged them into a heart shape.
Of course I thought of the passage in Ezekiel (36:25-26)
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
The word ‘sprinkle’ stood out to me in way in which it hadn’t before so I thought I’d read up a bit.
The word sprinkle in Hebrew also means to ‘scatter abundantly’ - i.e in great measure.
The bible references to the sprinkling of not only water but of blood and oil too. It speaks of old testament sacrifice as well as ordination. Water representing purification was sprinkled on the Levites at their ordination, and priests would sprinkle blood when a ‘sin offering’ was made.
More amazingly people who had been in contact with death would be sprinkled with ‘water of separation as part of the cleansing process.
But of course these were religious symbols and were fulfilled through ‘the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ’ (1Peter1:2)
So…. back to Ezekiel
When we allow God to sprinkle clean water on us it’s impossible for nothing to happen. When we know the heart and generosity of God we want to be ‘cleansed from impurities’. In other words this is the simple Gospel. Jesus takes away what is unclean and makes us clean. He frees us form the things that are life taking (idols) and gives us what is life giving (his spirit). God is a generous God so not only does he take what isn’t good from us he never leaves us empty handed and therefore he gives us something back - his heart and his spirit, a new heart of flesh and a renewing of our spirit. He ordains us through Jesus’ ultimate ‘sin offering’ on the cross.
Jesus is the fulfilment of all things through him we receive the ‘abundant scattering’ of God’s goodness, his grace, his love, his joy, his spirit (the list goes on).
So with all that in mind - perhaps ask God which parts of your heart are hard and allow him to scatter clean living waters abundantly over you today.