Ezekiel 35:3 contains the worst words God’s enemies can hear, “Behold, “I am against thee”. Chapter 36 has the very best words for the weak saint., “Behold, I am for you.”
These words are a reminder that God’s purposes will be opposed. All that is not of God is against us. The devil and the world are against us, and our own failings are against us. But God is for us. His Word is for us. God’s mighty power is for us and His sovereignty is invincible. He will carry out His own purpose. On this account Paul asks, “Who can be against us?” [Romans 8:31].
We are also reminded that God’s purposes will work to our ultimate advantage. Paul argues, “We know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” [Romans 8: 28]. In Ezekiel 36 the prophet builds line upon line in obvious progression, “I will turn unto you,” “I will multiply men upon you,” “the wastes shall be builded.” [vv9: 10].
Best of all, the God of Israel promises, “I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord [v11]. The best is yet to be – all things working for good and His people as never before.
Finally, God’s purposes are related to His people, “For, Behold, I am for you.” The promise is irreversible. There is a message in this for Israel, too. The chapter is specifically addressed to them. God will bring His own people back to Himself. What a promise for the backslidden, the unworthy, the defeated the discouraged! There is victory in Christ. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” [Rom. 8:35]. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” [v35]. “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” [v37] [Dr. John Douglas]
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“In the resurrection morning, this, I believe will surprise us most: that we did not love Christ more before we died. “ [J.C. Ryle].
“It is not great talents that God blesses, so much as great likeness to Jesus. [Robert Murray McCheyne].
“When Christ comes again, the remains of ignorance will be rolled away.” [J.C. Ryle].