Day 27: Jeremiah 49-end, Lamentations, Ezekiel 1-15

Keeping on track

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. (Lam 340)

Today’s readings can bring either dismay or disbelieve of what is written. Jeremiah warns of consequences and sees their aftermath. Ezekiel too is dismayed – stunned by what he sees. But he also has a vision which though impossible to describe, puts him on his face before God. Then, with compassion and understanding the Lord says, 23You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign LORD.” [Eze 14]

The Christian vision, by contrast, is neither idyll, nor idol, but Immanuel, Jesus Christ and in whom all the fullness of God is revealed [Col 1 19]. He fulfilled the Law in all righteousness, even unto death, because he knows God’s ways. Then he rose again and sent his Spirit that we might know and follow God’s ways also. The Father, who doesn’t change [James 117] wants us to mature, examine our ways and be like Christ {Eph 4 13] – brothers of the Son in whom he is well pleased.

Gordon Slinn

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