November 23

November 23

 

Ezekiel 29-31

 

There’s a Judgment Day Coming on the Nations     Ezekiel 25-32, cont’d.

 

Ezekiel 29:1-32:32-Judgment of Egypt

Ezekiel 29-This vision was given in January 586 (7 months before the fall of Jerusalem).

 

29:2 Egypt has played a large role in the history of Israel. Its black, fertile soil deposited by the Nile drew Abraham there in order to escape the famine in Palestine (Gen. 12:10). About 200 years later Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt and was followed there by his family, who also came to escape famine. From these 70 people grew the nation Israel. Solomon married Pharaoh's daughter and enjoyed cor-dial relations with Egypt; but this was the exception. Shishak of Egypt sacked the Temple in the fifth year of Rehoboam (926; 1 Kings 14:25-26). Several kings of Judah sought Egypt's help against Babylon, but in vain (Isa. 36:6). Josiah died in an attempt to stop the Egyptians at Megiddo in 609 (2 Kings 23:29-30). Ironically, the victorious Pharaoh (Neco II) was defeated by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 at Carchemish. After the capture of Jerusalem, some Jews fled to Egypt (Jer. 44). The Pharaoh of Ezek. 29:2 was Hophra (588-569), grandson of Neco, and the king to whom Zedekiah looked for help against Nebuchadnezzar (Jer. 37:5-7; 44:30).

29:18-20 Though Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre for 13 years (585-572), the campaign was an economic failure (see note on 26:3-14). Since he had no booty with which to pay his soldiers (it was a simple matter for Tyre to ship her treasures out by sea during the siege), he invaded Egypt and got booty for wages for his army.

The Ryrie Study Bible, footnotes on 29:2 and 29:18-20, pp. 1270, 1271

 

Ezekiel 30-The Purpose of the Judgment of Egypt

Notice that over and over, God says that through this judgment on Egypt (as well as the other nations) the people will come to the realization that “I am the LORD” (29:6,9,16,21; 30:8,19,25,26).

 

Ezekiel 31-The Warning to Egypt

Ezekiel God issues a warning to Egypt by comparing it to Assyria.  Who does Egypt think it is?  If God can judge Assyria…why would Egypt think that it is beyond judgment?

 

Prayer: Lord, my eyes can be so blind to those things that should direct my attention to You.  It took unbelievable judgment on entire nations before they finally gave You recognition.  Please give me eyes that see things immediately.  Help me to recognize the work of Your hand.  Not just in the extreme…but in the ordinary.  Help me to be continuously conscious of Your presence.

 

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