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Why are we reading about EDOM again?? I will tell you why! There is a key verse in this short chapter, did you catch it?
10 “‘Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the Lord was there,
Not only did they hit Jerusalem when they were at their weakest…they had a secret. They planned on taking the Land for their own. WHAT? It’s not theirs…it is the Lord’s.
13 You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it.
Tsk Tsk Tsk!!
Chapter 36- Restoration! Ok, ready…this is so cool. – Knowing from 35 that foreign nations had a plan to take the land over, the Lord Speaks to the Land (again)!! And you know they were listening! I read verses 1-15 twice, it was beautiful! The way the Lord gives the land hope! Flip back to chapter 6…ok, if you won’t, I will put it here 😉
Ez:6 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against the mountains of Israel; prophesy against them 3 and say: ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places.
Ez. 36 8 “‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.
The chapter reads on to describe that the conduct of his people was so defiling, that he compared it to the uncleanliness of a woman’s menstrual cycle. WOW. So why will God restore His people and His land? For HIS Glory!
22:…It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name,
He is HOLY
THEN…it just keeps getting better!!!
- THEN…He changes their circumstances…
- Then he changes them! He will regather His people. First in 70 years, after they are released from captivity. (Trivia…what was the name of the Persian that will release them…Hint, it was in Isaiah)
- Then the Lord will again regather them when he makes Israel a state again. Remember they divided at the death of Solomon ….it will take 1900 years, BUT it will happen (1948 and 1967).
- THEN again at the second coming (sorry, I don’t know the year for that 😂)
24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
(at the sake of making this post not a novel…Keep the Millennial times in view on this also…)
35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.”
Ezekiel 37- Valley of the Dry Bones
Once again Ezekiel is shown by the Spirit a vision. As you read this section look for how many times God used the word: Breath. We spoke about this briefly in Genesis when Abram was changed to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. The A and the H were added when their internal and external circumstances changed. The word is ‘Ruah’-Breath of God or the Spirit! He doesn’t leave us guessing on this vision:
Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”
Hope for those in Captivity
OK…I am going to consolidate years of research into hopefully a few words for you. DON’T MISS THIS SECTION. Verse 15-28.
20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.
No way! The divided kingdom was almost 2000 years ago. During the time of the OT they never even came close to becoming one nation again. THEN to make matters worse, the world has done everything in it’s power to assure this will never happen! Even Encyclopedia Britannica said in 1911:
“The possibility that we can ever again recover the correct pronunciation of ancient Hebrew is as remote a possibility that a Jewish Empire will ever again be established in the Middle East”. (36 years later they may have had to reprint that version!
- 70 AD The Romans destroyed the Temple
- 638 Islamic conquest of Jerusalem
- 1791 Jews were moved to Russia
- 1810 Reform begins in Germany
- 1881 Jews were made a scapegoat for the Czar
- 1933 Hitler in power
- 1961 The Berlin Wall
However, in the details, we see God at work
- 1897 The Zionist movement
- 1917 The Balfour Declaration
- WWII (even though the Nazi Party tried to extinguish the Jewish people) Jews fled to a foreign land to inhabit…You guessed it, Palestine (Israel)
- 1947 The United Nations votes to partition Palestine and give portions to the Jews (yeah, that did not go over well for some Middle Easterners)
- MAY 14, 1948- STATE OF ISRAEL DECLARED- YES, AMERICA was involved in this. Can we elect Truman for President again!!
- 1967- 6 Day War and Israel was Re-Unified
- 1989 The Berlin Wall comes down and Jews fled to Israel
Now, if that was another language to you…who cares! I know you understand The Lord through Ezekiel:
20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.
Again, as you finish out the last paragraph view is End Times.
Sorry so long today!
4 thoughts on “Ezekiel 35-37”
I am saddened to realize today how little I know and understand of what happened to the Jews after what is recorded in the New Testament. Do you have resources you recommend to read further on the history of how they were dispersed around the world?
I particularly like the author Joel Rosenburg. He writes books about what is happening “now” and how it relates to the Bible.
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Awesome study this morning! HIStory!
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