“You Shall Know that I Am the Lord”

Why does God act?

Why did he act on behalf of Israel to bring them out of bondage? Why did he send Israel into exile into Babylon? Why did he judge Israel? Why did he bring Israel out of exile?

Why did he send the Word to become flesh and dwell among us? Why did Jesus bear our sins on the cross? Why was Jesus resurrected?

Why has God continued to act in history? Why does God act in your life and my life today?

As I was reading Ezekiel 4-15 today, the answer to all of those questions became really clear. God acts so that you and I can know that he is Lord. In those chapters, every single thing that God did was followed by the phrase “you shall know that I am the Lord.”

What does God want you to know? That he is Lord.

Below is every time God said “you shall know that I am Lord” in those 11 chapters. God said it 16 times. I think he is trying to make a point about why he does what he does. So, in every situation, in every circumstance, when the way seems cloudy or dark, we should tell ourselves that God is arranging things so that “I will know that he is Lord.”

  • Ezekiel 5:13 – “And they shall know that I am the Lord…”
  • Ezekiel 6:7 – “…and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 6:14 – “Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 7:4 – “Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 7:9 – “Then you will know that I am the Lord…”
  • Ezekiel 7:27 – “…and they shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 11:12 – “…and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 12:15 – “And they shall know that I am the Lord…”
  • Ezekiel 12:16 – “…and may know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 12:20 – “…and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 13:9 – “And you shall know that I am the Lord God.”
  • Ezekiel 13:!4 – “…and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 13:21 – “…and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 13:23 – “And you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 14:8 – “…and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
  • Ezekiel 15:7 – “…and you will know that I am the Lord…”

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