Monday, September 14, 2009

Keeping Promises

Ezekiel 28:25-26
(25) "Thus says the Lord GOD: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob.
(26) And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God."

As we've gone through the prophets we have certainly seen plenty of places where God pronounces judgment against Israel. Plus, He has pronounced judgment against the foreign nations around them. In fact, this passage is sandwiched in the middle of such pronouncements.

There is some controversy about whether these prophecies refer to the people of Israel or God's future church as spiritual Israel. Either way, it is a wonderful promise of God's care. He certainly judged them as they deserved, but then here He promises to gather them by His grace. Why does He do this? Again, it is for the sake of His name.

Have you been gathered? Are you dwelling securely? Do you know this peace that this passage describes? If not, I invite you to God by way of the cross. Come to know Him. You can't beat dwelling securely by God's provision.

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