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Blessing on Israel

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R. G. Lee, a great Southern Baptist evangelist used to preach a sermon entitled “Pay Day Some Day.” This is very true of people who are not Christians and also in the lives of people who are Christians. However, this will come true in a different way in the lives … More

Chastening

Biblical scholars say that the mountains spoken of in this passage are symbolic of the power and strength of Israel, which is the key nation in God’s plan for the ages and the only nation chosen to be the means of bringing God’s blessings to the world. These blessings are stated in summary form in the covenant God made to Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3). However, when Israel became proud and thought they could get away with evil, they needed to be chastised. God would first use the nations to judge and punish Israel (vv. 1-7) and restore the people (vv. 8-15). These “ancient heights” refers to the promised land, the land of Israel. Israel’s enemies not only challenged the boundaries but also God’s promises to Israel.

It is at this point in Israel’s history that this chapter commences and gives an outline of God’s dealing with her in His plan through the future Millennial Kingdom, or age. The “mountains of Israel” has reference to the whole land of Israel. Because of her wickedness, as dealt with repeatedly in earlier chapters, the land was justly made desolate by the hand of the Lord using the kings of Assyria and Babylon as the instruments. The “residue of the heavens,” the nations around her not yet brought into judgement, then occupied her. But when these nations, and particularly Idumea (Edom), gloated over Israel’s calamity and took the land for themselves. God in jealousy speaks against them. Edom as we saw in chapter 35 and Obadiah, met their judgment, never to exist as a nation. In contrast; Israel, though out of the land for a time for the purpose of chastening, will be regathered from among the nations. Her land will then become fruitful and her population increase. Her land devours her people no longer, and she will be a nation respected rather than insulted.

Application

I have trusted Christ as my Saviour and know I’m on my way to heaven because of His mercy.

Ezekiel 36:1-15 (English Standard Version)

"And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the enemy said of you, 'Aha!' and, 'The ancient heights have become our possession,' therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Precisely because they made you desolate and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people, therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and the hills, the ravines and the valleys, the desolate wastes and the deserted cities, which have become a prey and derision to the rest of the nations all around, therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Surely I have spoken in my hot jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave my land to themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and utter contempt, that they might make its pasturelands a prey. Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I have spoken in my jealous wrath, because you have suffered the reproach of the nations. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I swear that the nations that are all around you shall themselves suffer reproach. "But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. And I will multiply people on you, the whole house of Israel, all of it. The cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt. And I will multiply on you man and beast, and they shall multiply and be fruitful. And I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you will know that I am the LORD. I will let people walk on you, even my people Israel. And they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer bereave them of children. Thus says the Lord GOD: Because they say to you, 'You devour people, and you bereave your nation of children,' therefore you shall no longer devour people and no longer bereave your nation of children, declares the Lord GOD. And I will not let you hear anymore the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, declares the Lord GOD."

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