“…I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings.” – Ezekiel 36:11
God begins speaking about the renewal of Israel. He begins proclaiming her restoration. And, He is doing it so that the world would see that He is God. He was doing it for His holy name (see verses 22-23). The children of Israel had profaned the name of God by their disobedience and sins. They profaned God’s name in-front of the world and God would not leave His name in that state. So that the world would know He is God, He would restore the nation of Israel and fulfill the Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 12:1-3; 13:14-18; 15:7-21).
In this chapter God tells the people in exile that He is for them and will turn to them. What an amazing King who would consider His subjects and take care of them in this manner! And then God tells them that He is going to restore them. But not only that, He is going to restore them better than at their beginnings! And we see that right before our very eyes today. Ever since Israel became a nation again in 1948, the land has been tilled and sown and is more bountiful than ever before…amazing prophecies being fulfilled!
The people at this time were in exile in Babylon and their hope was lost. This would have been a good time for them to remember God’s Word through Jeremiah where He told them they would be in exile for 70 years but to take heart, He had a plan for them (Jeremiah 29:11). They had forgotten the Word of God and were not standing on the promises.
In our world today, God has once again given us a plan of restoration. Not only to the Jews, but also to the rest of the world through His Son, Jesus the Christ. We have been separated from a relationship with God because of sin. Jesus came and died on the cross to fill that gap and restore that relationship with God. If you accept Jesus, your life will be “inhabited as in former times” and God will “do better for you than at your beginnings”. Do you believe that? Will you stand on that promise today? Is He your Savior? If not, He can be. Right where you are at, simply invite Him into your heart and be restored!
“Remember that God has come unto us, not to exalt us, but to exalt Himself, and we must see to it that His glory is the one sole object of all we do. He must increase, and I must decrease. Oh, may God bring us to this, and make us walk very carefully and humbly before Him.” – C.H. Spurgeon