1 “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. 2 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.”’ 3 Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander, 4 therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you— 5 this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my burning zeal I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, for with glee and with malice in their hearts they made My land their own possession so that they might plunder its pastureland.
God sent the other nations to punish Israel the northern kingdom and Judah the southern kingdom – to do His will. It was His will that was to be done, but it was not to be down with glee and with malice in their hearts. One way to assure yourself of God’s anger is to do His bidding with glee and malice in your heart when it comes to punishing another. It is wrong on a personal scale and on a national scale. His anger is so great He prophesies against them.
6 Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I speak in My jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations. 7 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.
All Edom and the rest of the nations involved will now suffer. At the same time He promises restoration to Israel (as a whole) – the land and His people with the promise of their exile ending.
8 “‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for My people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, My people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.
It is an amazing thing to see God at work, to look back at history and see His hand in so much of what has occurred – and promises made and promises kept. As we know, the exile did end and the Jews were permitted to return to their homeland and rebuild. Promises made, promises kept.
It’s Monday and I hope you have a great week. Reflect on the promises God has made through His Son Jesus the Christ. We have much to be thankful for as we put His teachings/instructions into practice here in this world each and every day.