Once again Ezekiel is a living visual aide to the Exiled Jews in Iraq. The teachers of Jerusalem taught that the exiles were the cursed of God; that Jerusalem was the blessed; and that Ezekiel’s visions were false. It was like they said: It’s all religious claptrap! What was God saying?
* Mighty God, please reveal more of You today from Your word.
“… For I have made you a sign for the house of Israel.
As with Ezekiel, so with us – The Lord chooses for us to be signs to those around us.
To a rebellious world, to a lost relative, to a wandering friend.
Even sometimes to His own people, the church.
In the new testament, Peter writes of this purpose in 2 Peter 3,
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
The Lord gives us opportunity to witness to our neighbour, our friend, our family member and to the world around us – So that they should come to repentance!
Peter carries on the logic, encouraging us in our wonderful “not yet” hope,
“But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
This is part of the better story we have, the GOOD NEWS of Jesus – This broken old rundown world has a time-limit. But in Jesus we have a promise of MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.
Praise God for His work in us, through us and for us!
* Father God,
Thank You for saving us into Your kingdom, into an eternal inheritance.
Thank You for Your patience, Your mercy, that You allow us opportunity to point people to You – So that we sinners can be saved.
Amen to this, amen!