What did God promise?


And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.

Ezekiel 47:12

In the second half of Ezekiel, the prophet sees a vision of a future temple. A river flows from the temple, and along its bank grow trees that not only provide fruit for food, but  leaves for healing. By this point in the book, Jerusalem has fallen to the Babylonians after a period of siege and famine. In the trauma of devastation, hunger, and death, these fructifying trees are symbols of life and flourishing. They do not deny the reality of hunger and loss, but envision a time of healing, restoration, and abundance.

Rebekah Devine is Executive Assistant to Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, an M.Litt in Theology and the Arts, and a B.S. in Biblical Studies. Rebekah blogs sporadically at rebekahdevine.com, and is writing a memoir about growing up messianic Jewish(ish) called A Wandering God Was My Father. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@rebekahmdevine).

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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