There are many echoes of Ezekiel in Revelation eg Revelation 10:9-11 = Ezekiel 3:1-6. The prince brings our captivity captive (by offering Himself on the cross as the Lamb) and gives gifts unto men – Ephesians 4:8.
* Dear God, please help us see Your truth today from Your word. Please open our eyes and unstop our ears.
“The prince shall not take any of the inheritance of the people, thrusting them out of their property. He shall give his sons their inheritance out of his own property, so that none of my people shall be scattered from his property.”
The idea of promised land (property in the above verse, given in promise) is very strong throughout God’s word.
We have the lot of land that Abraham purchased in the (at the time) not-yet promised land.
We have Joshua’s entry into the promised land with God’s people.
We have the exile of God’s people from the promised land due to their sin, their idolatry (turning away from God).
We have the return from exile (Nehemiah and Ezra tell of this).
But what for us – Should we set our hopes on a piece of land here on earth?
In Hebrews 11 we read of Abraham,
“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.”
While Abraham had the promise for his biological children that they would enter into the promised land in Canaan (where he purchased a plot of land), this was not his great hope, the greater promise!
Because he desired a BETTER COUNTRY, the new heavens and earth (Revelation 21).
Do we desire the better country, the greater promise, that God is preparing for us?
* Father God,
Please fix our eyes on You, please help us to trust Your promises to us, please set our hearts on a better country than that which we live in.
Please put within us the steady and unshakeable hope of glory.