All Will Know, Differently – July 23-27 Bible Reading Devotion

Ch 25 begins a transition in prophecy. With the siege of Jerusalem, the word of prophetic judgment now falls upon Israel’s neighbors. Ezekiel announces judgment against Ammon, Moab and Seir, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, and Sidon. None is exempt from facing the penalty of their sin. The Lord will not be mistaken or doubted. When He judges His children, He will not allow the nations to conclude that Israel’s God is unable to save. He will bring them to judgment for the sole purpose of not allowing them to reach that conclusion! Every prophetic word includes the same purpose statement, “Then they will know that I am the Lord God.” Judging Israel’s neighbors will affirm the sovereignty and omnipotence of the one, true God. Then Ezekiel returns to prophecy of Israel. After God scatters them in judgment, He will gather them and return them to the land. After He has proven Himself in judgment upon her neighbors, He will prove Himself in grace upon Israel. 28:25-26 “. . . then they shall dwell in their own land . . . Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.” Notice the fundamental difference between how Israel’s neighbors will know the Lord and how Israel will know the Lord. All her neighbors will know from judgment that He is the Lord God. Israel will know from grace after discipline that He is the Lord THEIR God! That’s a huge distinction. All will know, but differently. Everyone will eventually KNOW the Lord! There will be no doubt as to who is the Lord God. The question is do we know Him as the Lord OUR God. If not, you can by embracing His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior.