Ezekiel 19

Sad Song Sung Blue.

“But the vine was uprooted in fury and thrown down to the ground. The desert wind dried up its fruit and tore off its strong branches, so that it withered and was destroyed by fire.” – Ezekiel 19:31-12 NLT

The people of Judah still held out hope that things would change. Even as they lived in forced exile in the land of Babylon, they kept dreaming that someone from the line of David would step up and deliver them from their oppression and restore the glory of Judah. In spite of all the warnings and prophecies of Ezekiel and others, they kept believing that things were going to turn around any minute. But God wants them to know that their destruction is unavoidable and their restoration impossible – without His help. So he has Ezekiel write a funeral dirge – a song of lament describing the final days of the once great nation of Judah. From God’s perspective, Judah is dead. Their is no life left. There is no king waiting in the wings, ready to step up and deliver the nation from the hands of the Babylonians. Her kings had all been killed or taken captive. The once fruitful and powerful nation was relegated to obscurity in a foreign land. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed and the Temple desecrated. There is no one left to deliver the people.

But there is always God. When all else looks bleak and hopeless, there is always God. He knew their state well. He was fully aware of their weak and helpless condition. He knew that there was no one king left in the line of David to deliver them. So God would do what men could not do. He would restore them to the land from which He had banished them. He would return a remnant to the land in order to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Ezra and Nehemiah would help lead a small group of captives to the land where they would labor to restore the nation of Judah. God would be the one to make it all possible. In spite of all their sin and rebellion, God would show them mercy and grace, returning them to the land and restoring them as a nation. And while their would be no king to rule when they returned, God still has a king in waiting – His very own Son – who sits at His right hand in heaven and will one day return to the earth to set up His kingdom in Jerusalem where He will reign in righteousness. This song has a happy ending because God is faithful. All the sadness will be turned to joy. The darkness will be replaced by light. The hopelessness will be replaced with hope. The song of sadness will be replaced with shouts of joy.

“Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.” – Psalm 95:1-3 NLT

Father, only You can turn our sadness into joy. You can take what appears to be hopeless and replace it with hope. You deliver when no one else can. You restore what appears to be gone for good. Never let me lose sight of the fact that nothing is beyond Your reach. Nothing is impossible for You to do. With You, there is always hope. And one day, we will sing for joy when we see what You have done. Amen

Ken Miller
Grow Pastor & Minister to Men
kenm@christchapelbc.org

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