Israel had to honor God in the sight of the Gentiles before they could return to their land 

Old Testament: Eze 28.25–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 27–28 on November 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

It was not just that Israel had sinned before God, but their sins over the centuries, especially that of idolatry, were also committed before the nations, so that they witnessed Israel committing adultery against God. Therefore, for them to return to the land, he said: 

“Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God.”

– Ezekiel 28.25–26 

Let us learn that when we sin, not only does the Lord see it, but the world does too and that brings dishonor to the God whom we claim to worship and glorify. 


  • What have you done after you realized that you sinned before the world? 
  • What does the town where you live think of the church? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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