Ezekiel 36:22-36 22 Therefore, say to the house of Israel, The Lord God proclaims: House of Israel, I’m not acting for your sake but for the sake of my holy name, which you degraded among the nations where you have gone. (CEB)
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Reflections on Ezekiel 36:22-36
A lesson on insistence for Israel. Don’t be surprised that an insistence in the name of God (perhaps) is not necessarily favorable to Israel. Such insistences don’t come to satisfy our cravings, but to raise us to a new plane of being, to call us to a deeper mode of living, to invite us into the mystery of divinity. Sometimes other peoples get it more than you, who claim to be God’s people. So, as a people, you are being called to be different from the other nations, called to be an island of justice and peace in the midst of the world’s injustice and violence. This means that you will have to be transformed down to the marrow of your bones, You will need a heart of compassion rather than animosity. All this you will have to bear in your body as a people, so others can see and experience it first-hand. You will demonstrate a different kind of inner spirit that restrains you from being little-minded, from acts of hatred and violence. You will demonstrate abundant living, rather than hoarding everything because you think you are afflicted with scarcity. And always remember, you are being called to this lifestyle, not for your own sake, but for the sake of the world.
When you build up towns and bring civilization to the desert, you will simply say “It is what we have been called to do.” You will be a ‘thin place’ where mystery touches and informs daily life. And when all the peoples of the world see what you have done, they will understand that there is a more dynamic way of life available to them, for they will have had first-hand experience with the messianic. This is your calling, an insistence in the name of God. Perhaps.