Sometimes we have to bear our shame

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.27.2016 – Old Testament: Eze 39.25–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 38–39 on November 27, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Israel sinned against the Lord and would not repent regardless of the numbers of prophets He sent to them, and regardless of any of the ways that He made them suffer, until He sent them out of their land. Then He had Ezekiel proclaim,

“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name—after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid” (Ezekiel 39.25–26). 

They acted shamelessly. Therefore, they had to bear shame, which made them aware of how they had lived before the Lord and in His sight. Once they realized their shameful behavior and had endured shame long enough, the Lord changed things around for them.

Questions:

  • Have you done shameful things?
  • Have you endured shame for what you have done?
  • Have you repented and made known to the Lord that you have repented?

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