Ezekiel 16:59-63“For thus says the Lord God: I will deal with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant, 60yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish for you an everlasting covenant. 61Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed when you take your sisters, both your elder and your younger, and I give them to you as daughters, but not on account ofthe covenant with you. 62I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord, 63that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord God.”
I must grudgingly admit that I get more out of God’s Word when I take time reading it, rather than going with the audio flow, as is my usual practice. Through such a careful reading, I realized the passage above refers to the “everlasting covenant,” which could only mean the Christ’s blood-covenant.
Father God sent his people Israel into exile and subjected them to harsh discipline because they despised his covenant with them. Yet, in his perfect timing, he remembered his covenant with Israel, and reestablished it through his incarnate Word, Jesus the Christ.
Jerusalem’s elder sister, Samaria, and her younger sister, Sodom, represent all the people who were accursed in Jewish tradition:
Ezekiel 16:49-51 ESV
49Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.
50They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.
51Samaria has not committed half your sins. You have committed more abominations than they, and have made your sisters appear righteous by all the abominations that you have committed.
Jerusalem would be ashamed to take her two sisters because they epitomized her abominations, but in Christ they would become her daughters through the new Abrahamic covenant of faith. A unique sign of embracing Christ’s covenant is remembering with disgust and shame, our old life’s degradation, which will cause us to “never open (our) mouth again” by way of self-righteousness. Even so, the Lord God atoned for our sin through Jesus’ innocent blood-sacrifice. “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”(Hebrews 8:12 ESV)