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Before dwelling on Israel’s future cleansing, Ezekiel reminded the exiles of their past sin which caused their judgment. When they were ... in the land, they defiled it by their conduct and actions (v. 19). This profaning was like a menstrual discharge that rendered a woman ceremonially unclean and defiled everything she touched (Lev. 15:19-23). How did the people defile the land? By bloodshed and idolatry (Ezek. 33:25). As a result God removed them from the defiled land.
The Lord is concerned about the integrity of His name. When Israel profaned His name by her wickedness, leading to, her captivity, the heathen questioned whether God could actually care for and bless the nation He had chosen to be peculiarly His (vv. 16-21). We might question why God wanted to protect His holy name, His reputation among the nations of the world? God was concerned about the salvation not only of His people, but also of the whole world. To allow His people to remain in sin and be permanently destroyed by their enemies would lead other nations to conclude that their heathen gods were more powerful than Israel’s God (Isa. 48:11).
As a vindication of His name, not Israel’s, the Lord will regather them by His mighty power from among the nations (vv. 22-25). Thus to protect his holy name, God would return a remnant of His people to their land. God will not share His glory with false gods; He alone is one true God. The people had the responsibility to represent God properly to the rest of the world. Believers today have the same responsibility. How would you say your are representing God to the world?
The people in Ezekiel’s day had the responsibility to represent God properly to the world. I have that same responsibility today and I need to constantly be asking myself how I am doing?
The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, they defiled it by their ways and their deeds. Their ways before me were like the uncleanness of a woman in her menstrual impurity. So I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols with which they had defiled it. I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.' But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came. "Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you."
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Ezekiel 33:1-9The Watchman and His Message
Ezekiel 33:10-20The Fairness of God’s Judgment
Ezekiel 33:21-33The Cause of Judah’s Ruin
Ezekiel 34:1-16Irresponsible Shepherds
Ezekiel 34:17-31God the True Shepherd
Ezekiel 35:1-15Judgment on Mount Seir
Ezekiel 36:1-15Blessing on Israel
Ezekiel 36:16-25The Renewal of Israel
Ezekiel 36:26-38Putting the Spirit Within You
Ezekiel 37:1-14Making the Dry Bones Live
Ezekiel 37:15-28One Kingdom, One King
Ezekiel 38:1-12Gog and Allies Attack Israel
Ezekiel 38:13-23Judgment on Gog
Ezekiel 39:1-16Gog’s Armies Destroyed
Ezekiel 39:17-29Israel Restored to the Land