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Our Faithful Covenant Keeping God

Ezekiel 34:27 (ESV) … “And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them.”

In slightly less metaphorical language, the Lord repeated the promises of blessing and security. God would set his people free from the yoke of bondage. No longer would Israel be “a prey to the nations, the beasts of the earth.” They would live securely, and no one would make them afraid.

Shame would give way to fame, for God would “establish for them a renowned planting place,” i.e., a place famous for its fertility. Famine would be a thing of the past. No more would they have to endure the insults of the Gentiles who were confident that Yahweh had failed his people in times of dire need. They would be secure in the knowledge that the Lord had redeemed them and was with them. They would understand that they were the sheep of God’s pasture (34:27b–31).

Some believe that these predictions are yet to be fulfilled, that they will not be realized until the Millennium. Others with more probability see in these words poetic descriptions of the new Israel of God, the church of Christ, which enjoys peace, security and blessing under the present-day rule of the scion from David’s house.[1]

For us, we see the faithful God of the Bible who keeps his covenant promise. We take heart in knowing that all the promises made to us, God will keep. We can trust God if for no other reason than we will see His faithfulness and know that He is the LORD our God.

[1] Smith, J. E. (1992). The Major Prophets (Eze 34:23–31). Joplin, MO: College Press.

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