“And they shall know that I AM The Lord, AND THAT i have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. Thus saith the Lord God; smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel, for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and the pestilence. So will I stretch out mine hand upon them, and make the land desolate,…. and they shall know that I AM the Lord. ” Ezekiel 6 : 10, 11,14 KJV
A ray of light appears in this prophecy of darkness -- God would spare a remnant of people, but only after they have learned hard lessons. The people needed new attitudes, but they wouldn’t change, until God broke their hearts with humiliation, pain, suffering and defeat. The sword meant death in battle, famine came when enemies besieged a city and disease was always a danger during famine. The phrase “and they shall know that I am the Lord” occurs 70 times in the book of Ezekiel.
The purpose of God’s punishment was not to take revenge but to tell the people the truth, that the Lord is the only true and living God. In Ezekiel’s day people were worshipping idols and they called them god’s. Today money, power and the material things of this world have become idols for many. Remember that God may use the difficulties of your life to remind you that He alone is God. Does your heart long for God, in order for Him to change those areas in your life that displease Him?
Punishment will come upon all who put other things before God. It’s easy to forget that the Lord alone is God, the Supreme authority and the only source of eternal love and life. Be assured that a day of Judgment will come, just as it came for the people of Judah. God bless you.
By: Donna Whitsel