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Ezekiel is notoriously difficult to interpret. I’m tempted to end this blog post right here.
Actually, our Old Testament passage for this week, from Ezekiel 17:22-24, is pretty easy to deal with. Here God, through Ezekiel, says he will take a cedar sprig, plant it, and make it grow to be fruitful and provide shelter for all. The challenging question here is what kind of fruit a cedar produces. But that doesn’t seem the point of the passage.
Here’s the point. God, by His mercy and according to His plan, provides shelter and care for all who recognize Him as the Lord of all. He does it not because the people are good or worthy, but simply because He can and He wants to. He makes it available to all, so that all will know He is LORD. And he does it as a good thing.
In these last days, Jesus, theo ne cut off from his people and raised up on a tree rose from the dead and promised eternal shelter to all who believe. This is God’s good and merciful will.
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