Today’s Text: Ezekiel 25-30
Key Text: Ezekiel 28:25-26
The judgment goes on and on, against nation after nation.
The prophet speaks with bold authority: against Ammon, Moab and Seir, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, and Egypt. History can attest to how these nations came under divine condemnation.
Then, nestled there in the midst of judgment and wrath, there is one little bit of reassurance, just a few verses, but they are powerful indeed. They speak of Israel.
“Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God. “
Are we talking about ancient history, or prophesy that looks to the present day or well into the future? These are matters of debate among Biblical scholars and politicians today.
For our purposes, I will leave it at this.
Divine security – is true security.
No matter what the headlines scream, no matter what our inner voices echo in response, we are called to keep our faith strong and rest in the knowledge that God will watch over us.
Whether that security is experienced at the international, national, local, or personal level – how could there be greater security than that promised to us by God?
Still, we too often place our trust in our own means – our own power – our own wisdom – our own resources.
Time and again, people who have done that – trusted only in themselves – have come up short.
So trust in the security promised to Israel long ago. Trust in God.
Ultimately, that’s the only real security there is.