And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. (Ezekiel 36:23 [KJV])
The phrase “know that I [am] the LORD” has been repeated number of times in the book of Ezekiel and other parts of the bible. It has been used in reference to God’s people and heathens likewise. Knowing God is for all people no special preference when it comes to knowing God and who He is.
It comes as a conclusion of what the Lord is declaring upon a people whether good or bad. The above text is in reference to restoring His people as a lesson to heathens who may have ridiculed the Lord’s name because of the way he had scattered Israel, as if they have no God. Through that restoration heathens would discover that God exists and still is in control.
“And they shall know that I [am] the LORD, [and that] I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.” (Ezekiel 6:10 [KJV]) In this text the lesson is to be learned by His people Israel. They have ignored His instructions, they have defiled themselves, and they have adapted the ways of the world and are no more identified with God. Judgment has been pronounced upon them and a consequence of their action is made known to them and that is supposedly a way they can came back to their senses. This will shake them to reality as to who has been behind their well-being their success, their prosperity, their peace.
We are to learn in one way or the other. Obedience to God would revoke God’s favor on us and that favor will come in many forms; including security, prosperity, success among many others. But the disobedience is the beginning of trouble. We would find ourselves in multiple difficulties which have befallen us as a result of our own decisions and change of direction. Often, the unfavorable situations we find ourselves in have been caused by our choices yet we blame it on God. This situation however, is a way in which God would employ to jog our senses back to reality and call on Him to save us.
Since He is merciful he will restore us. It is in that process of mercy and judgment we recognize who God is. We acknowledge Him because we have experienced. “It is the glory of God to be merciful, full of forbearance, kindness, goodness, and truth. But the justice shown in punishing the sinner is as verily the glory of the Lord as is the manifestation of His mercy.” – (Review and Herald, March 10, 1904.)
By A. Eliamani