Restoration…

Ezekiel 47:13-23

Thus says the Lord GOD: “These are the borders by which you shall divide the land as an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions. 14 You shall inherit it equally with one another; for I raised My hand in an oath to give it to your fathers, and this land shall fall to you as your inheritance.

15 “This shall be the border of the land on the north: from the Great Sea, by the road to Hethlon, as one goes to Zedad, 16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim (which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath), to Hazar Hatticon (which is on the border of Hauran). 17 Thus the boundary shall be from the Sea to Hazar Enan, the border of Damascus; and as for the north, northward, it is the border of Hamath. This is the north side.

18 “On the east side you shall mark out the border from between Hauran and Damascus, and between Gilead and the land of Israel, along the Jordan, and along the eastern side of the sea. This is the east side.

19 “The south side, toward the South, [fn1] shall be from Tamar to the waters of Meribah by Kadesh, along the brook to the Great Sea. This is the south side, toward the South.

20 “The west side shall be the Great Sea, from the southern boundary until one comes to a point opposite Hamath. This is the west side.

21 “Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 23 And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,” says the Lord GOD.

Pasted from <http://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/printerFriendly.cfm?b=Eze&c=47&v=1&t=NKJVP>

What is learned of the nature of God?  He is longsuffering.  Punishment for turning away from Him to follow other gods was delayed, allowing time for them to turn from their ways back to the covenant they were party to with Him.  He is just.  They were held responsible for their actions and received punishment due for the sins committed.  He is merciful.  When they cried out to Him, He heard and gave forgiveness.  He restores.  This passage clearly shows how completely He restores.  He does not forget His promises, He remembers.  Sin demands a price but He has provided a way of forgiveness, He has granted mercy and shown grace, He has given the inheritance He pledged.  We have a part in this inheritance as God’s people, the church of Christ, His bride.  He has provided for the chosen and those living among the chosen.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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