November 22, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 38

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SAA Notes

Gog and Magog are those who conquer through terror and war. Notice in verse 22, the plagues of Egypt. The ruthless don’t get the final victory. They too will tremble at His presence.

SJA Notes

* Gracious Heavenly Father, please help us see Your wisdom for us today from Your word.

“So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

As has been a constant refrain in Ezekiel, God’s desire is that we KNOW HIM.

Today’s passage features the vast martial host of Gog and Magog.

In Revelation 20 we read,

“And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.”

We can see that this army represents nations such as Assyria and Babylon, who we know God used as vehicles for His purposes.

And from Revelation we can see that this army will continue to represent the same throughout the ages, until the last battle, until the last trumpet sounds.

So what do we do with this? What value does it have for us today?

Think about the landscape of the world around us. Think about powers and movements, politics and wars.

And think of God’s purposes.

THAT WE WILL KNOW THAT HE IS THE LORD.

God will continue to work out His purposes, amidst all the evil we see in the world, all the things going wrong.

He works good even amidst terrible evil.

And that brings us to Jesus, the greatest good brought through the greatest evil.

How do we KNOW God?

We need to come to Jesus. If we know Him, we know God.

Do we know Jesus today?

* Father God,

Thank You that through Jesus we can know You.

Please save those around us, please open their eyes to their need for You, to be set free!

Amen.

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