A History of rebellion
Ezekiel reflects on Israels past and let’s just say it’s a bit like a nightmare. Time and time again we hear of Israels rebellion from desert wanderings through to life in the promise land.
The sadness of Israels life is captured in a line not unlike one we heard in the book of 1 Samuel:
‘You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen. Ezekiel 20:32
Yet Israel was never meant to be like the nations. They were to be a Holy nation, set apart living with God as their King. However the opposite had taken place. So judgement would take place.
Israel would now be scattered amongst the nations.
But one day God would gather his people (Ezk 20:39-44) and would show himself Holy to the nations:
9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”1 Peter2:9