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Skrevet af Jørn Nielsen   
Tirsdag, 26. december 2017 09:52

"I shall set glory in the land of the living"  (Ezek. 26:20)

This is what it says in the King James Bible and likewise in several other translations, including the Norwegian Bible, but the Danish Bible follows a different line from different Hebrew manuscripts.  Anyway, the words here proclaimed are words of truth and consistent with similar prophecies in the Book of truth.

I frankly admit that I felt extremely discouraged when I again on TV, was confronted with the tragedy of untold millions of refugees the world over with a hopeless, unhappy future in this world.  It seems as if the words from Ezekiel are strangely suspended somewhere up in the air.  How long will God leave this globe to its own evil devices?

It was in this gloomy mood I read this morning the words about the Lord´s glory as an intervening prophetic voice not to be choked by His  judgments.  Israel will be disciplined too, but will again in God´s time be "the land of the living" as it will "blossom and fill the face of the earth with fruit"  (Is. 27:6).  And this is also what Rom. 11 has so much to say about.

But here´s how the word should be applied to God´s people at this juncture. We shouldn´t be paralyzed by the state of things and distance ourselves apathetically from God´s word with the feeling that it´s becoming more and more irrelevant and of no immediate interest.  On the contrary we have every reason to "shine as lights in the world holding forth the word of life" (Phil. 2:15-16), i.e. the gospel.

Over here it´s today still Christmas, indeed the day after Christmas (Dec. 26)  which is usually a day of much sociability where we want to do good to one another, but not forgetting our calling to be the embodied "land of the living" thus being a shining city that is set on a hill not to be hidden (Matth. 5:14) at these very last moments of our life heading for the eternity.

Dec. 26, 2017 - jn

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