- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 36
A Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel.
Chapter 36-39 are prophecy for the new Israel.
Ezekiel prophesizes the restoration of Israel, the land, the people. The word “Mountains,” “the high lands” represent all Israel. The Lord, God, initiates restoration, beginning with God’s judgment against enemy of Israel, that ridiculed and scorned against Israel.
The restoration will begin with the restoration of the land, following by the restoration of people. The land was defiled by offering sacrifice to idols profaning God’s name. The restoration is for the sake of holiness of God.
The restoration is for the exiled to return home, for the land to be blessed and plentiful.
The restoration is for the heart of people, restoring them to purity, to new heart and new spirit. The new heart will be created by God’s Spirit. (v.26)
The restoration is renewed covenantal relationship with God. “You will be my people, and I will be your God.” (v.28).
The restoration is for the sake of God so that the people of Israel recognizes God’s gracious initiative that springs from the divine reputation.
God’s restoration leads not only to the land and its people of Israel but also to all passersby and all nations so that they can see that the land God restored become like the Garden of Eden, plentiful and rich.
The restoration is a new relationship, God’s consulting relationship with the people of Israel (37), and in the flock imagery it is pointed to “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (v.38).
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?