“They shall live in safety…”

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Ezekiel 28:25 Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall settle on their own soil that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They shall live in safety in it, and shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall live in safety, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God.

Finally something from Ezekiel that is not depressing. Instead of a word of judgment, here the prophet shares a word of hope. God’s people, who suffered terribly when the Babylonians captured Jerusalem, will be able to return home one day. Their bad nightmare will finally come to an end.

When I read this passage my mind goes to the people living in Puerto Rico, the Gulf Coast, Northern California, and other places where disasters have struck in recent months. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to endure long, sustained suffering and hardship. My heart goes out to them. Especially those for which “normal” is still a distant dream.

Lord this morning we lift up our brothers and sisters who are hurting around the world. Hold them in your care as they put their lives back together a little at a time. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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