I am enjoying this time through the major prophets, even though as I've said before that the theme is repetitive. Combining my daily reading with my blogging has given me more of challenge than just writing down my thoughts in my paper journal. While I don't think I have that many readers, just the thought of having someone else look at my thoughts makes me think a little harder! :)
That said, I'm seeing a lot more of the way old testaments stories symbolize new testament truths and how I can apply them to my life. Yes, even things from Isaiah, Jeremiah & Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 39, we have another picture about the restoration of the nation of Israel, but it since the Nation of Israel is also symbolic of the Christian people (you and I) I thought it was pretty interesting. Consider the following passage of Ezekiel 39:26-29:
26After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. 27When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 28Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. 29Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
Once again, when we finally have "served our time", so to speak, in getting through the pain of the consequences of our sin, we will be restored so God may be glorified. God will pour out His spirit upon us once again. Thank You, Lord, for your forgiveness! :)