It’s amazing to me how God calls me back to His word. There was a time, if I missed a few days, that I heard man calling me back. The guilt of not having a quiet time, the thought that someone would ask me about it, would get me back into the Bible.
Lately, however, if I go for a time without focused reading, there comes a moment when I relize that I miss it. More than that, I can feel God, gently, tugging at me to read. It’s as if He’s saying “I’ve got more to tell you, come, listen to Me.”
The guilt was pressing, almost frantic. The pull is gentle, but determined and persistent. With the guilt, I didn’t miss the Bible or God. When I feel God pulling, I suddenly realize that I do miss Him. I like that feeling.
Ezekiel 26 – Funny, how I revel in returning to my reading, and then find little to comment on in my first chapter.
God here continues laying out his judgement on not only Israel, but on those around her. Tyre evidently rejoiced as Jerusalem’s fall, thinking that it would benefit them commercially. God say to them through Ezekiel, not so fast, your time will come as well.
Ezekiel 27 – But God does not rejoice in their destruction. Here He lifts them up, praising their one time splendor. He laments that such a mighty city should fall. Why and how should this be?
Ezekiel 28 – Here God tells us why:
Because you [prince of Tyre] make your heart
like the heart of a god,
therefore, behold, I will bring foreigners upon you,
the most ruthless of the nations;
and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom
and defile your splendor.
They shall thrust you down into the pit,
and you shall die the death of the slain
in the heart of the seas.
Will you still say, ‘I am a god,’
in the presence of those who kill you,
though you are but a man, and no god,
in the hands of those who slay you?
You shall die the death of the uncircumcised
by the hand of foreigners;
for I have spoken, declares the Lord God.”
And to the King of Tyre …
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I exposed you before kings,
to feast their eyes on you.
Pride. Self importance. Arrogance, cost these men and their subjects much.
Ezekiel 28:24-26 – After Ezekiel prophesies against the surrounding towns, God gives him this work of comfort to Israel:
And for the house of Israel there shall be no more a brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord God.
Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.
Before, god said they would know that he is God by the punishment brought upon them. Now he say they will know he is God because of the security they have after he punishes their neighbors. Not only so, but after everyone, including Israel, gets their due, god will be honored when He lifts Israel up from among all of them.