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by Ron Rose
In Babylon the people had no king, no temple, no city of their own, and no land. All they had was God. Yet King Nebuchadnezzar treated them with unexpected dignity. He gave them fields and homes and permitted them to own businesses. A few even became trusted advisers to the king. The people of God, now called Jews, resided in the greatest city of their day, but their hearts were back in Jerusalem.
God used this incredible experience to demonstrate the power of his redeeming love. Even though the nation of Israel was as dead as the bones, God would soon bring his beloved people back to life. They would again live in the homeland. They would again have an identity as a nation. Because of Gods undying love, he would soon raise his people out of the ashes of exile into a new life.
Reflection: Our God is perfectly capable of invading our world with the impossible. In the beginning he created life with his words and his breath. He surely could create new life with the bones of past life. God does not merely reclaim his people; he resurrects them, giving them new life and a new identity. In our limited understanding we are pleased with reclaiming the best of what weve already experienced. God, on the other hand, always plans for more than we are capable of anticipating.
Author: Ron Rose
Publication Date: November 3, 2002
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