Vice President’s Challenge – The Lord is There!

Dr. Robert Booker, Vice President

The book of Ezekiel has been a special blessing to me over these last few weeks, and in Dr. Beebe’s absence, I would like to share with you some of those blessings.

1. Ezekiel was a young prophet during the Babylonian siege of Judah and Jerusalem. In the first three chapters of the book, God displays for Ezekiel angels and wheels in order to get his attention and to show him His glory. I was challenged to consider this: does God have my full attention? Have I “seen” His glory in His Word and do I fully understand my responsibility to listen closely to Him and His calling?

2. In Ezekiel 4-24, God gives the prophet over twenty signs and warnings to disclose to Israel as to why He is allowing Babylon to defeat them and take many captives. Our wonderful God never has an afterthought and never makes a mistake; He makes it clear when we sin and, above all, declares freely His desire for our renewal. His grace is amazing and His mind and actions are always toward restoration. Consider 1 John 1:9-2:2.

3. Chapters 25-32 contain God’s message to the Gentile nations. It is generally a message of condemnation in this case, but His message for the last 2500 years (the times of the Gentiles) has been one of grace.

4. Ezekiel chapters 33-48 deal primarily with the future of Israel and God’s great plans for them. It is a message of physical and spiritual restoration. Chapter 37 gives two picture lessons of the gathering of the Jews from the nations and the new life and unity that will be given them. It never ceases to amaze me how God maintains His love for Israel even though they have been so disobedient. However, we Christians of this dispensation must be thankful for His gracious love as well.

5. The most amazing four words in all of the book are the last four words of the book. “The Lord is there.” What a way to end the story! Someday (the millennium) Israel will be restored, the land will be theirs and Jesus, the Messiah, will be in the new temple, in Jerusalem, in the midst of His people where He has wanted to be all along! Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is there!

Post by: Dr. Robert Booker, NBBI Vice President

This article appears in the March 2011 Open Bible Bulletin.

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