I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beasts so that they may live in the wilderness and sleep in the forests in safety. I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:25-26
“The Lord will make a “covenant of peace” with his flock. In place of the curses of the Sinai covenant, which they have experienced while being under the judgment of God — wild animals, drought, famine, and the sword (Leviticus 26:14—35) — they will now experience the blessings of the covenant: safety, rain in its season, fruitfulness, and peace. The state of experiencing the blessings that flow from a harmonious relationship with God is what makes this distinctively a “covenant of peace.”
The covenant is thus not so much a “new” covenant as it is the experience of the blessings promised in the original covenant. In place of the monarchy divided by sin, God’s people will be under one shepherd. In place of an undistinguished procession of monarchs, they will be given a ruler after God’s own heart, a new David. In place of famine, plague, drought, and the sword, they will see a new level of peace and prosperity so that they will no longer bear the reproach of the nations. Then indeed they will know that the Lord their God is with them.”
Iain M. Duguid in Ezekiel (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999) 396.
As I continue to explore the season after a plague in the Scriptures, here is what comes into view and how it relates to generosity.
God wants His people to humble themselves, to fast, pray and confess their sins, and to return to Him in order to experience “times of refreshing” (Acts 3:19).
The season after the plague is characterized by peace and showers of blessings. It is a time of opportunity related to extending generosity.
He will accomplish this. It is the work of Jesus through His body. It’s us, Christians, all over the world, who have found peace with Him as our shepherd.
Father, forgive us our sins, and heal our land. As you bring renewal and refreshment, by your Holy Spirit, make us generous sharers I ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.