Today we are reading Ezekiel 24:15-27, Ezekiel 25, Jeremiah 34, Jeremiah 21, Ezekiel 29:1-16, Ezekiel 30:20-26, and Ezekiel 31. Got a highlight? Here’s mine:
When this happens you’ll recognize that I am God Ezekiel 24:24 MSG
“they’ll recognize that I am God” (Ezekiel 24:27)
“Then you’ll realize that I am God” (Ezekiel 25:5)
“And you’ll realize that I am God” (Ezekiel 25:7)
“And they’ll realize that I am God” (Ezekiel 25:11)
(and that’s just a few of those statements) Over and over, God tells His people why: ALL of this was done so people would recognize and know the Lord. They didn’t respond to His love or His kindness or His protection or His correction BUT STILL God desires the people to know Him.
He could have said “Well, you don’t want Me, so I’ll leave you alone. Y’all won’t listen to Me, so you won’t hear from Me again” and it actually would have been OVER. (When God gets done, it will be DONE). The point is to know God – He knows how desperately we need Him, even when we don’t know it ourselves.
If God is taking ANY action AT ALL, the point is always to make Himself known to us and restore us back to Him.