Monday, January 17th

Ezekiel 36:1-15

Restoration for Israel

36 “Son of man, prophesy to Israel’s mountains. Give them this message: O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Your enemies have taunted you, saying, ‘Aha! Now the ancient heights belong to us!’ Therefore, son of man, give the mountains of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: Your enemies have attacked you from all directions, making you the property of many nations and the object of much mocking and slander. Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. He speaks to the hills and mountains, ravines and valleys, and to ruined wastes and long-deserted cities that have been destroyed and mocked by the surrounding nations. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My jealous anger burns against these nations, especially Edom, because they have shown utter contempt for me by gleefully taking my land for themselves as plunder.

“Therefore, prophesy to the hills and mountains, the ravines and valleys of Israel. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am furious that you have suffered shame before the surrounding nations. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I have taken a solemn oath that those nations will soon have their own shame to endure.

“But the mountains of Israel will produce heavy crops of fruit for my people—for they will be coming home again soon! See, I care about you, and I will pay attention to you. Your ground will be plowed and your crops planted. 10 I will greatly increase the population of Israel, and the ruined cities will be rebuilt and filled with people. 11 I will increase not only the people, but also your animals. O mountains of Israel, I will bring people to live on you once again. I will make you even more prosperous than you were before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause my people to walk on you once again, and you will be their territory. You will never again rob them of their children.

13 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The other nations taunt you, saying, ‘Israel is a land that devours its own people and robs them of their children!’ 14 But you will never again devour your people or rob them of their children, says the Sovereign Lord. 15 I will not let you hear those other nations insult you, and you will no longer be mocked by them. You will not be a land that causes its nation to fall, says the Sovereign Lord.”

Questions to Consider:
Q.1: What does the passage teach about God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?

Q.5: Is there any warning for me to heed?

Topic: Restoration!

God, the Father of the people Judah, disciplines them by removing their covering, so their enemies were free to overcome them and take them away from their God-given land. The nations around marched to and fro as they fought to dominate each other. They tampered with the land - 'the mountains, hills, ravines and valleys', not expecting God's people to return home from exile. Notice the judgement God pronounced on them (v.7) and the promise of restoration to Judah (vs 8-16). The people their enemies were mocking remain God's people. The land belongs to the Lord and His people. 

No matter how long God's judgement on His people may last, his mercy rules. God's mercies endure for ever.

Israel is symbolic of the Church and like her, the Church will always come under the enemy's attack. When we, as the people of God, see afflictions in our lives, we should not give up and think that God has forsaken us. No! We should rather believe our God and be faithful to Him. He will fight our battles for us.

Prayer: Pray that God will fulfill His promise in vs 8-12 in your situation.
National Prayer👇👇

Genesis 28, 29, Psalm 12

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