Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ezekiel 29-32 Egypt Destroyed by Babylon

Ezekiel 30:10-13 “Thus says the Lord God: “I will put an end to the wealth of Egypt, by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. He and his people with him, the most ruthless of nations, shall be brought in to destroy the land, and they shall draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain. And I will dry up the Nile and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it, by the hand of foreigners; I am the Lord; I have spoken. Thus says the Lord God: “I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis; there shall no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt; so I will put fear in the land of Egypt.

Four chapters of Ezekiel were given over to describe the destruction of Egypt in the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Egypt's pride was the reason for its downfall.

God's agenda is that all nations know that He is Lord, not just Israel. The recurring theme in Ezekiel is nations will know that "I am the Lord." To know that He is Lord is not just to agree that He is Lord but to accept that He is Lord--to acknowledge He is the sovereign King and He has the right to rule over all the nations. While it is true that God is always king whether people acknowledge Him or not, but his desire is that people will accept His sovereign rule over them. To experience His abundant blessings, it's not enough to sing "He is Lord"; we need to submit to His will and allow Him to over-rule all our decisions. 

In the case of Egypt, they had not acknowledged nor accepted the Lord as their God. So, the only way they will understand that the Lord is God is to experience His judgment as prophesied through Ezekiel. There are two ways we can experience God's sovereign rule over us--one is positively through His divine favour and blessings because we acknowledge Him as Lord and King over our lives. The second way to experience God's sovereignty authority over lives negatively through divine judgments.

It's better to know that the Lord is God by acknowledging and accepting His rule over our lives because the fruit of this experience is divine blessings and favour.

Father, thank You that You would rather bless us than discipline us. But either way, Your purpose is that all mankind will acknowledge that You are the Lord and King and there is none other. Amen.

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