Today’s Tasting: Ezekiel 37-39
Today’s chapters from Ezekiel start with God telling Ezekiel to prophecy to some bones of an army that are lying in the desert. They are restored to life through this and God tells Ezekiel that the people are like the land of Israel. God then, shows Ezekiel how he plans to reunite Israel and Judah. He pronounces a prophecy against Gog, the ruler of the land of Magog. Chapter 39 ends with a promise to return every Israelite from captivity to their own lands.
Today’s Nourishment: It can be difficult to see how to apply prophecies that were given to the Israelites thousands of years ago to our lives today. It is tempting to skip over the difficult parts of the Bible, and just read the parts that are easier to understand and apply.
However, it is important not to do this. These prophecies are part of the story of Israel. The birth of Jesus that comes later in the biblical story is a continuation of the story of Israel. In order to understand all that happens in the New Testament, we need to understand the Old Testament. Israel’s historical events occurred completely different than how they expected the fulfillment of prophecies.
These parts of the Bible are especially good to read through with a commentary in hand to provide some background information, which paints a better picture of the situation and a more accurate interpretation.
Today’s passage paints a beautiful visual imagery illustrating God’s message of hope for His people—news we still need today.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Ezekiel 40-42