Then they will know that I am the LORD – Ezekiel 30 – (Day 153)
The Professor Grant Horner Bible Reading System is a great 500 day Bible reading plan. The following link presents a description of the plan ( https://sohmer.net/media/professor_grant_horners_bible_reading_system.pdf). My goal is to briefly share my thoughts on the passage that stands out the most for me each day.
The Day 153 reading that stands out for me is Ezekiel 30. Ezekiel 30 is a part of Chapters 29-32 which contain Ezekiel’s prophesy against Egypt and its allies. One commentator writes about Egypt:
Ezekiel concluded his oracles against foreign nations with seven messages the Lord gave him concerning the fate of Egypt, one of Israel’s most ancient and powerful enemies (cf. Isa. 31:1; Jer. 2:36; 46:1–26). God controls everything, even the fate of Israel’s most notorious antagonist.
Constable, T. (2003). Tom Constable’s Expository Notes on the Bible (Eze 28:26). Galaxie Software.
Even though Egypt was a power, when God decided to bring judgment no one could have thwarted His plan. In this case, God used Babylon as His instrument to destroy Egypt. One purpose of God’s destroying Egypt was so that they would know He is God. Two sets of “when-then” statements in verses 8 and 25b make this apparent, and they read (ESV):
8 Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have set fire to Egypt, and all her helpers are broken.
25b Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt.
When nations are defiant and rebellious towards God, their destruction may be the only way to get their attention. And that was the case with Egypt as prophesied in Ezekiel 29-32 and highlighted in Ezekiel 30:8, 25b, as well as Ezekiel 32:15.
I believe Ezekiel 30 is relevant to the United States because we as a country have rebelled against God. Our nation glorifies the LGBTQ agenda and slaughters unborn innocents through legal abortions. While God is longsuffering (Psalm 86:15), there comes a point when God will bring judgment against a rebellious nation like the United States.
In light of the COVID-19-based chaos, racial tensions, rioting, hostility against law enforcement, extreme political divide in America, and other things one has to wonder if this is the beginning of the end. God could choose to suddenly rain down fire and brimstone on an evil people as He did against Sodom and Gomorrah. However, He may choose to use third parties and events to bring about a “perfect storm” to execute his judgment. We may very well be living through this “perfect storm” as God unfolds His judgment against the United States.
If we are in the midst of the “perfect storm,” what should a Christ-follower do? I believe there are two basic actions a Christ-follower ought to take.
First, we can tell people about Jesus. As we watch the chaos around us, let’s not be fearful to proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. People who are lost need Jesus. Let’s keep in mind what Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV) says:
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Note that Jesus will always be with us.
Second, we can mindful to pray. Prayer is a might weapon. As one example, we can pray as Paul suggests in Ephesians 6:18–20 (ESV)
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
We need to cry out to God to open up opportunities to share the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and give us the words to speak.
If you are reading this post and are not a Christian, unless God intervenes, your eternal destination is hell. But, your destiny can change. Today can be the day of your salvation. Please see my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/04/20/for-god-so-loves-you-2/) for a description of how you can be saved.
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