He Delighteth in Mercy

I was reading in Ezekiel this morning and noticed an interesting fact: whenever God judged a nation and scattered them, there was a purpose and he usually restored them. The verses I was reading was Ezekiel 29:12-14. It says, “And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries. Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered: And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros into the land of their habitation and they shall be there a base kingdom.” Notice, that God set a specific period of judgment—It didn’t last forever. Also, when the Egyptians came back, they were a “base kingdom.” “Base” means “humble.” God taught them something called humbleness.

If you go one chapter back to Ezekiel 28, near the end of the chapter God is talking about his judgment on Zidon. He said that he would “send into her pestilence, and blood into her street” (v22). Going down to verses 25-26, God says: “Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell safely therein…” What was it God was teaching them? Sanctification! “Sancified” means “clean, consecrate, dedicated, hallow, holy, keep, prepare, proclaim, purify.”

Thank God that his mercy comes! It reminds me of Micah 7: 18b “He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy”