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Ezekiel 12:21-13:23, Psalm 53

Repetition tells us a lot about the main intent of a particular book of the Bible. One repetition that has already been mentioned in Ezekiel are the many variations on the statement, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” I see this variation three times in today’s reading (Ezekiel 13:9,14 , 23) What if I told you God’s wrath could bring knowledge similar to the insight gained from God’s love? Both can lead us to know that God is Lord. In fact, justice, mercy, righteousness, and grace can all be agents of God to display that God is the Lord. When God punishes Judah, it isn’t simply punitive. Rather God intends that as a people they would recover the knowledge given them through law, temple, and revelation that there is one Lord of all. Though it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4), there are many ways that God makes it clear that there is only one Lord. The repetition of God’s desire that Israel know God is the Lord shows the main priority of this book. May we recognize that experiential knowledge of God as Lord isn’t simply important in Ezekiel, but the goal of God’s entire book, the Bible. You were made for no greater or different purpose than to lovingly know and glorify your Lord. Keep it simple today, for it is that simple.

Jeremiah Vaught