Friday, October 3, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 83 Wednesday

Ezekiel 25:1-26:21

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Ezekiel to set his face against the Ammonites (descendants of Lot) and prophesy against them. Ezekiel was to tell the Ammonites to listen. (Evidently there were Ammonites in Babylon or Ezekiel was to send a dispatch to them.)
  • God told Ezekiel in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month to prophesy against Tyrus, the Phoenician commercial port city that had consisted partly on an island and partly on the mainland.
Does God make any promises?

  • God was going to punish the Ammonites for being happy at Israel's and Judah's calamity. Terror was going to strike them, too. Foreign kings would build their palaces in that land, their city of Rabbah would become a stable for camels, and their lands would be feeding grounds for the enemy's flocks and herds. Then the Ammonites would know that Jehovah is God.
  • God also promised to punish the Moabites, the other nation descended from Lot, for equating Judah as being no more beloved of God than the heathen nations. They would also be given to the kingdoms of the east and like Ammon, would be a nation no more. Then Moab would know that Jehovah is God.
  • God also promised vengeance upon Edom, the descendants of Esau, for cruelty against Judah. The Edomites would fall by the sword and would be punished by the people of Israel! (This infers that those of the remnant would take fight with the Edomites, which is in itself another promise: that of a remnant!) Then Edom would know that Jehovah is God.
  • God also promised vengeance upon the Philistines for all of the old grudges and bad blood between them and the Hebrew people. God promised to kill their remnant. Then they would know that He is God.
  • God promised that the market city of Tyrus would be destroyed and become a place where fishermen dry their nets because she hoped to profit from Jerusalem's destruction. Her daughters in the field would be killed by the swords. Many nations would come against Tyrus, including Nebuchadnezzar. (It happened.) God said the city would be razed and the stones thrown into the water. The city's riches would be robbed. The other island nations would be astonished at her defeat.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Not that I identified.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Not that I identified.

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