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. (39:23,24, 28,29)
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?