Tuesday, April 10, 2012

But for my Holy Name....

Israel had been taken captive and according to scripture had profaned God's name among the nations where they went. In Ezekiel 36, Ezekiel is instructed to prophesy to the land of Israel and then to the house of Israel. The "land" is the physical land and the "house" are the people of Israel. Because Israel abandoned God, their land had become desolate and taken over by other nations.

In verse 8 God promises that the mountains of Israel "shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people".   Further on in chapter 36 Ezekiel delivers the promise of God for the people.  "For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. verses 24-28  And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God".  Israel had abandoned God, they had "profaned" that is marked for contempt or disrespect, his name.  The nations are mocking Israel saying "These are the people of the Lord?"  

Does any of this sound familiar?  Is this a picture of America today?  Are the people of the world mocking the Lord through us and our actions?  Yet, God promises to restore the land and the people of Israel to that land.  Why?  It is not out of pity for the people.  It is not because they have suffered long enough without their "stuff".  Ezekiel 36:22 & 23 tells us why, " Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: I do not this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for my holy name, which ye have profaned among the nations, whither ye went.  And I will sanctify my great name, which hath been profaned among the nations, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am Jehovah, saith the Lord Jehovah, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes."  For HIS name, so the nations will know the He is JEHOVAH!   

Are we praying for our nation to lessen the burden on ourselves, to get our "stuff" back or are we praying so that the nations shall know that He is Jehovah? 

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