Promise of Restoration

“‘This is what the Lord God says: Certainly in my burning zeal I speak against the rest of the nations and all of Edom, who took my land as their own possession with wholehearted rejoicing and utter contempt so that its pastureland became plunder. Therefore, prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: This is what the Lord God says: Look, I speak in my burning zeal because you have endured the insults of the nations. Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: I swear that the nations all around you will endure their own insults.

“‘You, mountains of Israel, will produce your branches and bear your fruit for my people Israel, since their arrival is near. Look! I am on your side; I will turn toward you, and you will be tilled and sown. I will fill you with people, with the whole house of Israel in its entirety. The cities will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will fill you with people and animals, and they will increase and be fruitful. I will make you inhabited as you once were and make you better off than you were before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk on you; they will possess you, and you will be their inheritance. You will no longer deprive them of their children.'”

Ezekiel 36:5-12

Ezekiel lived from the time of the destruction of Jerusalem into the time of the exile. He was part of the Jews exiled, himself, and lived much of his life in exile. His prophecies ranged from judgments on Judah before they fell to Babylon to punishments on the nations surrounding Israel as they gloated over its demise. The current passage was part of a section intended to bring comfort to Israel that they would return to their homeland someday.

This particular prophecy was directed at the land of Israel, specifically the mountains. In addition to the people, the land had suffered much under occupation. As the Israelites were taken away from their homes and property, other nations entered in to plunder what they could from the land. They claimed it as their own possession and spoke contempt toward Yahweh for leaving the land unprotected. God would not leave this contempt unpunished. He would carry out His judgment against the nations that had taken advantage of the exile of Israel for their own selfishness. The tables would turn against these other nations.

God’s promise to the land of Israel was that it would not be left desolate forever. The people of Israel would return and bring life to it again. Agriculture would resume in the land. Cities that lay in ruins would be rebuilt. God’s promise is that the land will be better off than it was before.

Often when we experience setbacks in life, there are those who will swoop in and try to take advantage of our situation. They may brag about their own success or speak ill of us and the circumstances we find ourselves in. God’s response is to promise restoration to us. His heart is to see us experience His goodness in its fullest and he promises to make things better than they were before our time of trial.

  • In those times when we feel beaten down, Lord, help us to trust you for restoration.

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: