Wounding And Healing

Q. I am interested in your thoughts on Deuteronomy 32 verse 39 thanks.

 

A. Deut. 32:39 says, “See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.”

To me this verse has to be taken in the context of the entire chapter, which is a prophecy for national Israel. Verses 36-37 say that the Lord will make a determination about his people and have compassion on them, even though they will have deserted Him for other gods who in turn have deserted them. And when their strength is gone and there are hardly any of them left, He will reveal Himself to them as the One and Only God. Ezekiel later said that this will happen in the wake of the coming Battle of Ezek. 38-39

In reversing death and life, I believe He’s talking about how He put the nation to death and brought it back to life, though in unbelief. (Ezekiel 36-37) In the wounding and healing, He’s looking forward to their return to Him after He brings them to life again.

Speaking of this, Hosea 6:1-2 says “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” It’s a prophecy that after two “days” (2000 years) He will restore them so that in the 3rd day (the Millennium) they can live in His presence. Ezekiel 40-48 confirmed this as well.

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