Once upon a time, Germany was divided into two countries, East Germany and West Germany, separated by a concrete wall – the Berlin Wall. The wall was built in 1961 and marked for destruction in 1989 when the two Germany decided to unite. A small section of the wall still exist today for the historical lessons it teaches us.
The wall section still standing is not a history textbook; people visit it for many reasons, but it teaches us lessons, from the past, to help us today and plan for the future. Same with the Bible, it is not a history textbook; it is read for many reasons, but it teaches us lessons from the past, to help us today and tomorrow.
Two important lessons from Ezekiel are hope and trust. Ezekiel tells Israel and the surrounding countries like Egypt, Edom (Jordan), and Tyre (Lebanon), that God will discipline them for their arrogance, corruption, and injustice; BUT there is HOPE of restoration like we read in Ezekiel 29:12-13 (NIV)(shortened):
“I will make the land of Egypt desolate among devastated lands, and her cities will lie desolate forty years among ruined cities… At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the nations where they were scattered.”
There are many passages about discipline in Ezekiel, and there are also many passages of restoration and hope. Today, as we read Ezekiel and study history, we see that God promised Israel they will return back to their land, and it happened. We see that we can TRUST the message of Ezekiel and the Bible.
There are many promises God makes to us in the Old and New Testament sections of the Bible. These promises gives us hope for today and tomorrow. We can trust God to keep these promises. However, we need to know what these promises are, by calmly studying the Bible – there is no rush, its one small step at a time.
Lord, help us to hope and put our trust in you, Amen!