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10/6 Reading Portions: 1 Kings 9; Ephesians 6; Ezekiel 3; Psalm 90
They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against Me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, Ezekiel 39:26
Ezekiel chapter 39 is not the easiest portion to read each year— with the prophecies against Gog, the principality over Meshech and Tubal (Ezek 39:1). There are several conjectures in commentaries as to their meaning; however, today I’d like us to focus upon the end of the chapter, rather than the beginning.
At the end of the chapter, after the judgments upon Gog, the Lord GOD says He “will restore the fortunes of Jacob” (Ezek 39:25). We can certainly see this at the end of the last days when, in the midst of apostasy, the Lord GOD brings revival to His people. In the consummation, at the Lord Christ’s return, His people shall forget their shame because we will be glorified and have put on immortality (1 Cor 15:53). We will also forget all the treachery we have practiced against Christ when He wipes away every tear from our eyes (Rev 7:17). Moreover, we will dwell securely in the consummation of our salvation with none to make [us] afraid because there will be no more death, no more mourning, no more crying, and no more pain (Rev 21:4). Amen! What a day it will be!
This passage, however, is not only for that Day when Christ returns. This Word has been partially fulfilled in us by Christ. Only partially for, in the promise of the gospel, we have received (in their land) and we still fear at times. We still recall our former shame. We still remember our treachery against Christ before He saved us— and all this for good reason; because every reminder should drive us into Christ’s nail-pierced hands with godly sorrow for our wretchedness, and thanksgiving for His amazing grace. Yes, in Christ we dwell securely in His salvation. Amen! What a day every day in Christ truly is! Hallelujah! What a Savior.
In the midst of apostasy
A great revival comes:
In Christ there is security,
To Him alone we run.
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