Yesterday’s reading ended with the Lord promising to one day restore the land. “So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited’” (Ezekiel 36:35). Today the Lord promises to revive the people spiritually. He illustrates this as dry bones brought to life. God brings those dead, dry bones to life and says, “I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.” Then God tells Ezekiel to take two sticks, representing Judah and Israel, and bind them together as an illustration that He will one day bind the nations together under a new covenant.
The Lord also gives Ezekiel a vision of the future with a message for Gog and Magog. There are differing views over what this message exactly means. Ezekiel’s description here is similar to what we will read at the end of the Story in the Book of Revelation, when John is describing the Great Tribulation. It will be a time of awful calamity but God has promised that He will have ultimate victory over all of His enemies. Then the earthly Eden that was described at the beginning of this Story will be restored as a heavenly Eden at the end of this Story.
We end the reading with Ezekiel warning Pharaoh, king of Egypt, of their future destruction. More on that tomorrow so keep reading.
(Ezekiel 37:1-39:29, Ezekiel 32:1-16)