“Then they will know that I am the LORD their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer.” (39:28)
The LORD is fine about being known as a disciplinarian. He knows what is for our good and He brings truth to light in order for His name to not be de-famed by the people meant to express it.
With all the noise, clashes of opinions, war, conflicting ideologies, and oppression—brought to us daily through international news—it’s good to know the LORD’s goodness doesn’t depend on mankind.
He is Mighty to Save, able to build up and tear down anything. There is nothing too great for Him, no person too dead, no outcome too unlikely. He will be found true in this world.
While many people point to Ezekiel 38-39 as an upcoming prophecy about Russia and Iran attacking Israel, it really doesn’t matter. This 2,500+ year old prophecy has been true many times. The LORD has opposed the proud and given grace to the humble, time and time again. Empires have risen and fallen and He has remained the same. Such will continue to be true until the end.
There are many cycles of discipline, where we find ourselves being either scattered or gathered. What season do you feel you’re in now? Do you feel like you (or your community) are experiencing disciplinary judgement or compassionate healing?