The texts this week are Deuteronomy 9:1-6 and Ezekiel 37:15-28. In these texts God reminds the people of Israel (and us) of his promise of ‘the Promised Land.’ We will be looking at how this promise will ultimately be fulfilled for Israel and for us. The worship theme is ‘On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,’ because the Promised land was always considered to be over the Jordan River. The visual theme will be beautiful rivers.
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Ezekiel 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 23They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
24“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. 26I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Psalm 84:1-10 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. 4Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah 5Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. 7They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. 8O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah 9Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! 10For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
VIDEO: Where I Belong – Switchfoot
I’ll Fly Away
And as a special bonus, Land of the Living by Matthew Perryman Jones, featuring awesome rock balancing by Gravity Glue.