Growup: day 223

Ezekiel 25 – 27

God has just finished speaking of  his wrath that will be poured out upon Israel and Judah. Now He turns to all the other nations… Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre…

Why is God against all the other nations? Because those nations took advantage of God’s people when they were vulnerable…

– Ammon: “Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet, rejoicing with all the malice of your heart against the land of Israel…” (25:2)

– Moab: “Because Moab and Seir said ‘Look, the house of Judah has become like all the other nations,’ ” (25:8)

– Edom: “Because Edom took revenge on the house of Judah and became guilty by doing so…” (25:12)

– Philistia: ” Because the Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with malice in their hearts, and with ancient hostility sought to destroy Judah…” (25:15)

– Tyre: “…because Tyre has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha! The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now she lies in ruins I will prosper,’…” (26:2)

The nations will see God’s wrath being poured out and know that He is the one and only true God… We’ve read earlier in Ezekiel that God doesn’t taken pleasure in the death of people but he is just and sin needs to be dealt with, particularly sin and destruction against God’s chosen nation, Israel.

I am not sure what to make of chapter 27 – except that it was a great nation in the world’s eyes, with great wealth and position but before the Holy, Righteous, Sovereign God, Tyre is laid bare, nothing of worth left. It provides a great contrast between God and the nations that appear to have all the power and glory. It is only in God that true power is found and we were made to worship God alone, not the nations that he created and gave power and wealth to…

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