A Guest Posting by Jack Bass
Ezekiel 28. This is a story of another man who was claiming to be God and Gods anger to him being displayed. The King of Tyre was a man with considerable wealth and thought he was smarter than God. God of course put him to the test. God is telling Ezekiel to Prophesy that he going to bring destruction to Tyre and the King will be reduced to being a mortal man. This kind of reminds me of the Devil thinking he was God. God is doing the same to the King of Tyre as he did to the Devil. In Verse 14 I feel like God is comparing the King of tyre to the Devil and the Devils removal from the graces of Heaven because he was evil. Verses 20-25 shows Gods anger towards Sidon for being ugly towards his people. He says he will make it miserable for Sidon for their meanness to the people of Israel. God is saying to other countries when I bring my people back from all the places they have been scattered you best not mess with them because I will protect them till I decide to put an end to all things with the destruction of all things. God also said he would punish all nations who had been mean to his people while they were scattered. I looked up where Tyre and Sidon are in our present world and they are both located in Lebanon, with Tyre 20 miles south of Sidon and only 12 miles north of the Israel-Lebanon border. Both places was in the original land that Joshua claimed for the Israeli nation. Today each is just a shadow of their former selves. God is true to his word and he has reduced their importance to this very day.
Chapter 29. God tells Ezekiel to Prophesy against the Pharaoh of Egypt. God was mad at Pharaoh for his falsehoods telling his people all kinds of lies. He told them he made the Nile River. God through Ezekiel told him that because of his mistreatment of the Israelis that he was going to make his nation a wasteland. He also likened the Pharaoh to a Crocodile that swam in the Nile. God said he would put a hook in his jaws and pull him out of the stream and leave him in the desert. God promised the Pharaoh that after forty years he would bring all the Egyptians back from the scattering and that they would always be a second class nation from that time on. If you have studied much history they have never been one of the strong nations in the middle east. God told the Pharaoh that he was going to allow Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to defeat Egypt and take all her riches as plunder. I will give him Egypt as a reward for his efforts because he and his army did it for me, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Chapter 30 Is pretty much a rerun of Chapter 29 with most of it dedicated to Making Egypt a wasteland and making the Pharaoh much less than he is. In fact if I read it right there will never be another Pharaoh in the land. God also hated the way the Egyptians worshiped all sorts of things and that was a no-no as far as my God was concerned. It makes me wonder if the Egyptians gave up their worshipping other Gods of if the realize that there is only one God. I know many of them in today’s world worship Mohammad and I feel like God will one day make that idea a bad one. In verse 5 God states that Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt. It sounds as though God is punishing all those nations because of their worship pf false Gods. I wonder if this will pertain to them to this day for their worship of Mohammad. I am sure when the last days come they will all know there is only one God like all the other people of the world. The Bible tells us in Revelation chapter 1 verse 7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. This event is foretold of in many places in the Bible.
Chapter 31. I’M not sure whether the lofty cedar represents the Pharaoh or the nation of Assyria. It doesn’t really matter I suspect for God is venting his anger on both. Both the Pharaoh and Assyria will be humbled and defeated by Nebuchadnezzar and all the riches taken away because they refused to worship God preferring to worship some hunk of wood or some hunks of metal that were made my some man. This may give us all a little feeling for worship. In the reading of these chapters there is a big warning here against all human pride, arrogance, and careless ambition that some folks partake of in their efforts to puff themselves up and to ignore the claims of righteousness which God sets upon all who are in this world, oblivious to the fact that, We one day we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ and I for one want to hear him say. Well done my good and faithful servant. I do believe if I hear him say that then I have made it into his kingdom. In Christ, Jack.
Father God. I come tonight full of love for you and knowing that you are the one and only. My love grows more and more the more i read of this book. I seek more understanding as I continue to read each day. Give me wisdom to place on paper my thoughts so that they might make sense to all who read them. I as for blessings on my church as well as for our missionaries. In Jesus precious name I pray. Amen.