Comments on Verses from Prophets

Ezekiel 17:24 “And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it.”

Israel had trouble believing God would do what He said. Ezekiel has been foretelling their disastrous end but obviously they didn’t believe him and thus they didn’t believe God. This verse is interesting because of the last phrase: “I have spoken, and I will do it.” This is a popular statement in the Old Testament and is used frequently in Ezekiel. Over and over again Ezekiel completes some promise by God with these words. ‘I have spoken,’ God tells him.

When God speaks it is the same as if it had already happened. After reading Genesis, how could anyone doubt that the word of God can do anything God says? He speaks, something happens. The Israelites were foolish to doubt that God not only can do what He says but does do what He says.

Task for Today: If you have a Bible search program look up the phrase, ‘I have spoken.’ It appears a lot in the Old Testament and that in and of itself is impressive. If you have any doubts about what God can and will do, that search should clear things up.    

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