When we go to spend time at my parents’ house on holidays, I tuck my child into bed then always remind her that I will be upstairs. “You’re not too far away, right Mommy?” she always replies. She knows exactly where we are upstairs, but it’s always good to know that you know.
In this text, the people of Israel are reminded that God is still God, even while they are exiled in Babylon. God has made promises to the people of Israel and God will keep them. They are reminded that there is good in their future-a return to their homeland, peace and security. These are such important things, but they are also things that are lacking for these people while they are exiled. I can’t quite imagine, but I’m sure it was a difficult reality.
So even while they find themselves living in a rather tenuous situation, God sends the prophet Ezekiel to remind them of what they know. They are Israel; they know they are God’s people and they know God’s promises. But sometimes it’s good to be reminded that you know what you know.
God, we know we belong to you. Remind us anyway. Amen. — JEM