God Sake Spirit filled heart
A. For God Name Sake
B. Bring you into your land
C. Sprinkle with clean water
E. Not for your sakeE
It was not enough to bring Israel back to the land; they would also become a new, transformed Israel. God would sprinkle them with clean water to cleanse them from all of the impurities that had defiled the land. Such sprinkling with water was a routine part of Jewish purification ceremonies (see Num 19); it symbolized a fresh start, with their old sins washed away
From a biblical perspective, the heart was the seat of the mind and will, not just emotion. Ezekiel seems to use heart and spirit in tandem to refer to a person’s whole being (compare 18:31)
The outer purification will be no use without the inner disposition to live rightly before God (36:27
The spirit of rebellion would be replaced with a spirit of obedience.
Israel had polluted the land with their sinful deeds and had brought dishonor to God’s name. When Israel went into exile, the nations made wrong assumptions about the character of God. To vindicate Himself and restore His reputation among the nations, the Lord would restore the exiles to the land. He would cleanse their sins, create in them a desire for loyalty, and renew His agricultural blessings. At that time both the nations and Israel would recognize His sovereignty.