“But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. And I will multiply people on you, the whole house of Israel, all of it. The cities shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt. And I will multiply on you man and beast, and they shall multiply and be fruitful. And I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you will know that I am the LORD. I will let people walk on you, even my people Israel. And they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no longer bereave them of children.
by: Dale Rood.
This passage is a Word from the Lord not for the people of Israel but for the land of Israel. Isn't it interesting that in the promises for the land there is included the promise, "You shall know that I am the Lord" (v. 11)? This reminds me of Romans 8:19-22, which speaks of creation groaning in pain and of its ultimate delivery from the bondage of corruption. The promises of God are not just for people but also for all of God's creation. As God's people of promise, we are part of something hugely awesome.