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Ezekiel 34:25-38:9

I will take from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleanesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations.” (Ezekiel 36:24-30 ESV)

God makes some big promises to Israel. He would give them new hearts and new spirits and would be delivered. They had a job to do by obeying His commands and walking in His statutes. God was going to fulfill His end of the covenant. Israel would never suffer in this way again.

God in His mercy, gives Ezekiel a vision to share with the Israelites in the Valley of Dry Bones.

Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and will cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:4-6 ESV)

This passage reminds me of the creation story in Genesis when God breathed life into Adam and then into Eve. Only He can cause life or bring life back. Then we move onto God opening the graves and bringing them back to life, much like He will do when we die but trust in Him for new life.

Therefore prophesy, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:12-14 ESV)

God said it and it is true. He cannot lie. It’s not in His nature. He has spoken and they did know and will know that He is the Lord. Praise God!


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Jeremiah 46-48

There was judgement on Egypt “But fear not, O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel, for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.” (Jeremiah 46:27-28 ESV)

God was still with Israel and good things would come, but discipline needed to happen.

There was judgement on the Philistines. “Thus says the Lord: Behold, waters are rising out of the north, and shall become an overflowing torrent; they shall overflow the land and all that fills it, the city and those who dwell in it. Men shall cry out, and every inhabitant of the land shall wail. At the noise of the stamping of the hooves of his stallions, at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels, the fathers look not back to their children, so feeble are their hands, because of the day that is coming to destroy all the Philistines, to cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper that remains. For the Lord is destroying the Philistines, the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.” (Jeremiah 47:2-4 ESV)

What a picture these verses create. Everyone is wailing as the horses and chariots come to take them out.

There was judgement on Moab. “For thus says the Lord: Behold, one shall fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Moab; the cities shall be taken and the strongholds seized. The heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her birth pains; Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people, because he magnified himself against the Lord.” (Jeremiah 48:40-42 ESV)

Moab too is going to be blotted out. They magnified themselves against the Lord. They thought themselves better than He. Isn’t that what Satan thought in the beginning? God is just. He has a right to give and to take away. We should remember this, but also remember the mercy He has shown, especially through His Son. He took the judgement that we deserve so that we didn’t have to. Aren’t we eternally blessed?


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Isaiah 60:10-65:25

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.” (Isaiah 61:10-11 ESV)

Spring is not my favorite season due to allergies, but it is wonderful to watch winter slowing turn in to spring. To watch the flowers sprout and the grass to start to grow again. It is a visual sign that God makes all things once dead, to live again.

I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.” (Isaiah 63:7 ESV)

When I go through what I feel is like a “winter” of my life, maybe I’m a bit down or have a hard time feeling motivated, I can choose to focus my thoughts on the goodness of God and his abundant love for me.

But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8 ESV)

In the good times and the bad times, God is our potter. He is molding me into the person He wants me to become. It takes trials to make us stronger and good times to make us rejoice. May we see the beauty in it all.


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Song of Solomon 3-8 and Isaiah 1:1-9

Hear, O Heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: ‘Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” (Isaiah 1:2-3 ESV)

The Israelites have turned against God showing not even the sense of gratitude and ownership than an ox or a donkey does. Boy, for God to tell them that animals have a better understanding than they do. That really put them in their place. But I guess we have to wonder if we’re all like the Israelites? Can we say that we are truly thankful in all things and know the Lord as well as we should? No, I don’t think so.

O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it. Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.” (Song of Solomon 8:13-14 ESV)

The brief conversation between two loved ones who long to be reunited. They wait for each other, longing to see each other again and hear the other’s voice. Isn’t this similar to how we, as believers, long to see and hear the Lord return? We are waiting expectantly!

Let this be our prayer: “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22;20 ESV)


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Psalm 145:8-148:6

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18 ESV)

Life is rough from time to time. Isn’t it comforting to know that the Lord is right there for those of us who trust Him?

Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” (Psalm 146:3 ESV)

I have always had tremendous respect for the men close to me in my life. But they are just men, human like the rest of us, not perfect. They will eventually let you down. When one day you finally realize that only God can be counted on 100% it takes the wind out of your sails.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.” (Psalm 147:3-5 ESV)

Think of how mistreated Jesus was. He understands our emotional and physical pain better than anyone. And letting our human brains try to comprehend how He spoke creation into being and names all of the stars, it is so humbling and so comforting. He is all knowing and all powerful.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon, Praise Him, all you shining stars! Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!” (Psalm 148:1-4 ESV)

May we all praise the Lord today!


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