All in one place today – that makes it easy! Please read Ezekiel 34, 35, and 36 and come on back! Leave a comment – I’d love to hear what you think!
I love Ezekiel 34 and the tenderness of the True Shepherd.
“‘I’ll make a covenant of peace with them. I’ll banish fierce animals from the country so the sheep can live safely in the wilderness and sleep in the forest. I’ll make them and everything around my hill a blessing. I’ll send down plenty of rain in season—showers of blessing! The trees in the orchards will bear fruit, the ground will produce, they’ll feel content and safe on their land, and they’ll realize that I am God” (Ezekiel 34:25-26 MSG)
Such a picture of comfort in the midst of judgment. Brings to my mind Psalm 23, and Psalm 119:176. The mention of David (Ezekiel 34:23-24) always stands out to me – at this point, he’s been dead for more than 400 years and his covenant is still being honored (and that reference is to Jesus, the Shepherd from the Davidic line).
Ezekiel 36:33 is such an encouragement:
“Message of God, the Master: On the day I scrub you clean from all your filthy living, I’ll also make your cities livable. The ruins will be rebuilt. The neglected land will be worked again, no longer overgrown with weeds and thistles, worthless in the eyes of passersby. People will exclaim, “Why, this weed patch has been turned into a Garden of Eden! And the ruined cities, smashed into oblivion, are now thriving!” The nations around you that are still in existence will realize that I, God, rebuild ruins and replant empty waste places. I, God, said so, and I’ll do it” (36:33 MSG)
As God’s judgement – as God’s judgement was being carried out, He was simultaneously enabling the people to live and continue in faithfulness. Always about restoration!