Archive for December 11th, 2017

In Ezekiel Chapter 36 we have a message of hope, and a promise of blessings to come for God’s people, both physically and spiritually.  Here is the ‘Promised Land’ for the people of Israel; “I will take you out of the nations: I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land” (36:24).

We know that mountains are important; they provide a physical barrier which in historical terms were very important in defending territories.  They act as water towers in some parts of the world.  They provide a visual representation of how we reach upwards.  They are eternal but mysterious; sometimes shrouded in cloud, sometimes bathed in light.  Certainly the original audience would have understood the significance of the mountain in God’s purposes: It is on a mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments.  In the New Testament, amongst other examples, it is on a mountain that Jesus appoints the 12 disciples.

The mountains are not just physical examples of geography in today’s reading; they are personified beings as in the following, “But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people” (36:8).  Thus, the story of God’s people is tied to the promises made to the land itself: God has control of both.  If you were to look at a map, you would see that Israel and surrounding territories are the only land bridge between Asia and Africa, and is therefore both valuable and likely to be much fought over.  The mountains in the area did not act as water towers, making rain sources essential.  Thus, in an area where water literally represents life and the geography of the land is, and will always be important, God has control; “It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it” (Isaiah 45:12).

The Promised Land in the time of Ezekiel is a physical place with promises of physical things – take water for example.  But there is also a spiritual promise – take water again; the spiritual water which God promises to sprinkle on His people to remove their impurities (see 36:25): Jesus- the water of life.














Thank You Jesus, that You are the water of life to all of God’s people; “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14).

Thank You Lord for all of Your promises to us, and that they are faithful and true.  Amen.

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