November 19, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 35:1-36:15

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SAA Notes

Harbouring ancient hostilities and resentments brings God’s condemnation and judgment, not His understanding and approbation. God kept His promise here to Israel. Many exiles returned from Iraq and rebuilt their towns. He is the same today!

SJA Notes

We see here that not only does God speak to His people, not only does He speak to His enemies – God speaks to creation!

“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.”

God has a special intent and care for the world, His creation. And we know that though this present creation is going away (2 Peter 3:7,10-11), God is going to create new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1).

This new creation is the culmination of God’s plans. Revelation 21 goes on to tell us, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. … And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'”

And how amazing is it then that Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”

How much symmetry we see here in God’s plan. His salvation for us, the sanctification He undertakes, and the final day of hope and of judgement where we, His people, will be with Him!

* Gracious God,

Thank You that in Jesus we are a new creation!

Thank You that You are making all things new.

Thank You that because You have saved us we can look forward to a new heavens and a new earth, joined together with You dwelling amongst us.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

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