11.25.2014 Old Testament: Eze 34.26–29
To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 34–35 on November 25, In the year of our Lord 2014
By Don Ruhl
The shepherds had forgotten the sheep of Israel, but the true Shepherd, the Lord Himself, had not forsaken them, and once the people repented, see what He would do,
“I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid. I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore (Ezekiel 34.26–29).
It was not just that the Lord would bless them, but He would make them a blessing; they would be a blessing, even as Abraham was a blessing to the world.
Israel gave the world the Messiah, and the Messiah gave the world spiritual Israel, the church, and now the church blesses the world with the good news of these things.