November 3, 2012 by Chris French
Israel’s history is riddled with examples of generations mocking God. None are more prolific than during the 6th century b.c. This is during Ezekiel’s days as God’s spokesman. Israel has already gone into Babylonian captivity and they’re looking forward to getting their freedom back. In Ezekiel 39.25 God says, “therefore thus says The Lord God; now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name.”
Don’t miss those last few words. They’re really easy to overlook. God is going to be jealous for His name, His sanctified, set apart, righteous, holy name. When He brought in the Babylonians to punish Israel for their idolatry what do you think outsiders said about the powerful God of the Hebrews?
I bet you would have heard something like:
“He must have died”.
“The Hebrew God is mean and vindictive.”
“The Babylonian gods were stronger than the Hebrew God”
To bring Israel back to Him God brought disgrace to His Name, but that was going to be a thing of the past. From this time forward He was going to protect His Name. His people from then were going to bring glory to His Name, not dishonor. How are you bringing honor to God?