When the Lord cleanses

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.26.2016 – Old Testament: Eze 36.33–36

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 36–37 on November 26, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Israel sinned. The Lord punished. Israel repented. The Lord blessed as He revealed through His prophet Ezekiel, saying,

“Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it” (Ezekiel 36.33–36). 

The Lord had no desire to curse and to punish His people, rather He wanted to bless them, but their rebellion and all their other sins kept Him from doing so. However, when things changed, He also changed toward them, making their land like the Garden of Eden.

Questions:

  • Do you experience a Garden of Eden in your soul with the Lord in your life?
  • How can you show the Lord your love and faithfulness toward Him?

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