The promises are adding up: a new king, a new prophet, forgiveness, healing, Spirit, life. Can it get any better?
Yes, it can.
Remember what God has been planning from the very beginning. He never intended just to create a people after his own heart. That’s an important part of the plan, but there’s more. God’s plan was always for his people to manifest his glory throughout his creation. God’s people, in God’s place, to God’s glory forever. Remember?
He’s not done.
When God pours his Spirit out on his people, all of creation will be renewed:
the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
And the whole creation will again serve as the theater of God’s glory:
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.
So, God’s place will again be what it was supposed to be.
And, when the promised one comes, God will reclaim his people. God will not hide his face from his people any longer (Ezek 39:29), but will instead make his glorious presence known among them once again. Looking at them, he will say, “They are my people,” and the people will say, “The Lord is my God” (Zech 13:9). And God will place his redeemed people in the land as his image bearers, manifesting his glory everywhere just as he intended from the very beginning: “You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezek. 36:28).
God’s people, in God’s place, to God’s glory forever.
When he comes…shalom will be restored.
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