Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

27 February 2012

Did you also know...

...that it turns out there is another phrase that is repeated time and again in the book of Ezekiel.  Not quite as often as the 200+ mentions of "Sovereign LORD" but often enough to make its presence felt.

Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Mentioned a good sixty five or more times through Ezekiel, God makes it clear that He is the Sovereign LORD - the One who will judge, the One who will rescue, the One who is true to His promises.

In the days of oral tradition, repetition made it easier to remember what was being passed down from one hearer to the next by word of mouth.  But I think there is more to the repetition than that.  Having eyes open to these phrases deepens the reading and points to key themes.

Here are some others from the early books of the Old Testament that help make sense of these books.

Be holy because I am holy in Leviticus.
Remember me or Do not forget me (God, that is) in Deuteronomy.
Be courageous or Do not be afraid in Joshua.
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit in Judges.
Fear the LORD in Proverbs.

Look out for them as you read these books - and please let me know if you can think of any others.

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