Did you notice in the verses that Pastor Mark pulled out of Ezekiel this week, how many times the Lord wanted people (or bones) to be certain – to know – that He is the Lord? The Hebrew word that is used every time G-d wants to be certain that people acknowledge that He is indeed G-d is “yadah”. This is important because it is a very intimate kind of knowledge. It is not just a casual – oh yeah, I know him, kind of knowing, it is – I know in a way that I clearly understand, I am fully aware that this is G-d! G-d does not want casual acknowledgement; He wants a stand up and shout THIS IS G-D kind of awareness!
And how will G-d bring this certainty about? Let’s look at the verses from Ezekiel this week and see just a few things He will do:
* He is putting sinews, flesh, skin and breath (RUACH) into and on the dry bones (Ezekiel 37:4-6)
*He will make them a great army and give them rest in their land; they will live where their fathers lived and keep His rules and do them. (37:10-14, 23,24)
*He will make Gog come against His land; His wrath will come up, and there will be a great shaking in Israel, in the sea, in the heavens, in the fields, all beasts and all men will be
shaken before G-d. The mountains will fall, and every wall will fall. Weapons will be blown out of the hands of the armies of Gog! (38:15,16-20;39:1-4)
*His face, which has been covered toward them, will no longer be covered from them and He will send an out-flowing of His spirit (RUACH) on the children of Israel.
We earnestly pray for the day when He is known for certain by all people, and the day when His face is uncovered toward His people, Israel.
Zechariah 12:10: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
How much do you “yadah” Him?