God’s Promises His presence - “I will never leave thee” (Heb. 13:5)His protection -"I am thy shield” (Gen. 15:1)His power -"I will strengthen thee” (Isa. 41:10)His provision -"I will help thee” (Isa. 41:10)His purposes … More
God promised the exiles in Babylon that He would continue to be with them even though they were not in Jerusalem (vv. 14-15). This was a major concern to the Jews because they believed that God was present primarily in the temple. However God assured them that He would continue to be their God regardless of where they were in this world. The most comforting words spoken by the Lord thus far, in this prophecy, are found in this passage(vv. 16-21). The Jews will be taken captive, but also preserved, regathered, given the land, and converted upon their return.
God says that the Jews in captivity are the faithful ones, and those in Jerusalem are the sinful and wicked ones. This was the opposite of the people’s perception. God provided a sanctuary for this idolatrous remnant, even though they worshiped in the Jerusalem temple. However in reality they would find no true sanctuary, but the faithful exiles, even though they were far from home, would be protected by God (v. 16). In other words, our external circumstances do not truly indicate our standing with God. Those who appear safe and secure may be far from Him, while those going through difficult times may be safely under God’ spiritual protection.
“One heart” indicates a unanimous singleness of purpose (v. 19). This new life can only be the work of the Holy Spirit. It is God’s work, but we must recognize and turn from sin. When we do, God will give us new motives, new guidelines, and new purpose.
God will evaluate my life by my faith and obedience. I can depend on God to keep me safe if I pledge myself to His care.
And the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'Go far from the LORD; to us this land is given for a possession.' Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.' Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.' And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord GOD." Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain that is on the east side of the city. And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen went up from me. And I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me.
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Ezekiel 8:1-6Abominations in the Temple
Ezekiel 8:7-18Pagan Practices in the Temple
Ezekiel 9:1-11Idolaters are Killed
Ezekiel 10:1-22Glory Departs From the Temple
Ezekiel 11:1-13Judgment on Wicked Counselors
Ezekiel 11:14-25God Will Restore Israel
Ezekiel 12:1-16Judah’s Captivity Portrayed
Ezekiel 12:17-28Judgment Not Postponed
Ezekiel 13:1-9False Prophets Condemned
Ezekiel 13:10-23The Wall That Will Fall
Ezekiel 14:1-11Idolatry Will be Punished
Ezekiel 14:12-23Judgment on Persistent Unfaithfulness