Day 247 (Ezekiel 25-27) - Year 2
Hey Bible readers I'm barely Kabul and I'm your host for the Bible. Recap. Today, we read prophecies against lots of the enemies of God's people, their pagan nations who like God's people have also been acting wickedly I up in chapter twenty five are the ammonites and God's main beef with them is they're schadenfreude. If you're not familiar with that weird sounding word, it just means they find pleasure in someone else's struggle if you really WanNa, simplify it shot in Florida is the reason we? Laugh at videos of people slipping on ice but for the AMMONITES, it was far more sinister. They loved watching the temple be defiled the land be destroyed and the people of Judah became an exiled. They literally celebrated death and destruction. We know from yesterday that the exiles of Judah weren't allowed to mourn the destruction of Jerusalem since after all they were responsible for it but that's a far cry from celebrating it. God says, he will send people from the East to destroy the AMMONITES and we already know from prior prophecies in chapter, twenty, one that those people from the east are the Babylonians. is where the Babylonians take these second fork in the road after having destroyed Jerusalem I. Next. Step our MOAB and seer. But probably, just Moab there might be a note in your Bible that the word sear doesn't appear in a lot of the ancient texts. So we'll just deal with MOAB here. The. Moa Bites are distant relatives of the Israelites but they're sin that they didn't acknowledge. Israel's unique relationship with y'all way they regarded them as indistinct from the Pagan nations. Then, God moves onto them they acted with vengeance and cruelty toward Judah. So in this particular Oracle God says, he will use Israel to punish Eden. In response Israel will be the tool God uses to demonstrate his wrath and anger. FELICIA had the same sin as Adam but God doesn't specify who their attackers will be just promises that justice will be served. In chapter, Twenty six God brings a harsh word to tyra little refresher on who they are. They're a major shipping port located north of Israel and the main part of the city of Tyre is actually an island they are wealthy, and because of their trade, they have relationships with all the powerful nations of the day and for a long time the kings of Israel had an amicable relationship with the king of Tara. He even supplied the Cedar David Built his palace and for Solomon's build the temple but things went wrong with tyra over the years and when Jerusalem Falls Tara Thinks Judas demise will result in their advancement. They don't care what's been lost. They only care that they will benefit from it. Is. Zeki says God will send a Babylonians to attack tire and destroy it. One of the problems that probably won't be resolved in this seven minute podcast is that things went somewhat differently than Ezekiel prophesied, the Babylonians did lay siege to Tara for thirteen years, but it didn't completely fall until later when it was attacked by the Greeks, there are a handful of ways commentators respond to this some don't address it at all because they think it's a non issue. Some say that Ezekiel was primarily using hyperbolic. And metaphorical language here. So there's a little bit of flexibility on what would shakeout because it isn't intended to be read with such literal detail and that's definitely a possibility and if you wonder what I mean by hyperbolic language, here's an example Ezekiel says, Babylon would build a siege mound against tyra knowing full well, that it's an island, you can't build a siege mound against an island. So this seems to be intentionally puffed up language. Say there was no timeline given on when this prophecy will be fulfilled. So the Greek suffices there are a few other viewpoints and options, but here's why I'm not concerned about reconciling it. Ezekiel all himself acknowledges all this later in Chapter Twenty, nine verse eighteen. So if he's not losing sleep over it, even knowing that false prophets get the death penalty than I'm not either and we already know that prophecies are almost always fulfilled in ways that don't seem initially obvious metaphors and imagery set us up to understand it one way. But then in hindsight we say, Oh, that's what that meant. It's so obvious now. So I trust that God did what he intended from the start even if it doesn't literally happen the way, it's metaphorically written. The final chapter of today's reading is a lament for Tara and it demonstrates at length how wealthy the city is there massively influential on an international scale and that's not always a good thing. Sure. They traded clothes and silver and honey and wheat, but they also traded ivory and human beings, and even this lament records the people of tires as being arrogant. Today amidst all this destruction, my God shot was his protective nature throughout all these prophecies. It's evident that God is against the people who are against God's people even after all Israel has done to betray him and break his heart. He still committed to working justice toward their enemies. God's protective nature and his promise of justice is good news for us because it means, we don't have to take things into our own hands. We can trust him to mete out justice even more precisely than we ever could and in his perfect timing. I can lay down my weapons even if they're just words and I can lay down my bitterness because it says I, don't trust him and I can lay down. My will knowing his is better anyway. He is my defender and he's wear the joy is. 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