“And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the LORD their GOD.” – Ezekiel 28: 26
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When we say that we serve a GOD of creation, we mean that we also serve a GOD that is able to provide from His creation unto those that are his chosen portion. Ezekiel 28 describes this specific point when the prophet is able to describe how the people of the LORD will dwell in security. They will be able to have a sense of protection that comes not from forces of political or military terrestrial power, but that are from above. GOD watches over His children and makes sure that none are mistreated, and if they are mistreated, everything is taken into account. As seen in the same chapter, Ezekiel is told to rebuke nations.
Ezekiel describes the importance that GOD plays upon the protection and security of His children. We understand that like Jesus and the prophets, we are to pray for our enemies and wish them a change of heart prior to the great day of the LORD. For while the LORD provides protection for His children, He also executes judgement upon those who treat the righteous with contempt. Through all this, Ezekiel states that the LORD allows individuals to understand. The security that He provides and the judgement He executes is to show that only GOD is GOD. There is no other.
Ezekiel prophesied this message when the Jewish population was in captivity in Babylon. Even in captivity was Ezekiel able to show boldness for the LORD despite the grumblings of His own people or the lack of faith for better days. Ezekiel shows the faith that few individuals are able to provide and that makes a different in the life of the believer. We are to take this message to heart in order to understand the promises of the LORD. The LORD wants us to know that regardless of the difficulties, He is providing security and will provide judgement on those who treat His people with contempt. All this is for the glorification of the LORD.