“I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, so that they may follow my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19-20)
Ezekiel can be a difficult book to read and understand. The writer makes use of visions, symbols, and apocalyptic images. I have found that instead of getting caught up in the details of each chapter and verse, that it is helpful to focus on the “Big Picture” in the Book of Ezekiel. There will be destruction, death, exile, and great woe. Jerusalem will fall and the people of God will be taken against their will to Babylon. Yet out of death, there will be renewal and restoration. God will give the exiles a heart of flesh and a new spirit. At the end of the day, Ezekiel wants us to know that God will attain the glory that God desires and deserves.