Ezekiel 31-32

Ezekiel 31-32

Chapter 31: Pharaoh’s glory and fall

The Assyrian empire was like a tall and strong cedar tree, which the very trees of Eden envied. The tree was brought down, just as Egypt shall be.

Chapter 32: Ezekiel laments for Egypt

Egypt is described as a large and somewhat dangerous animal, such as a lion or a whale. This animal is caught, slain and left exposed to the elements! On the day that Egypt shall be “exposed to the elements” the sky will be darkened, and surrounding nations will be filled with terror. Egypt will be left so desolate, that its rivers shall run as smooth as oil, with nobody to disturb them.

God orders the slain Pharaoh and his host to be dragged down to the lower regions of the earth. The Pharaoh will share these regions with uncircumcised tyrants and oppressors. The Pharaoh’s particular region is for those who have been slain by the sword.

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Ezekiel 29-30

Ezekiel 29-30

Chapter 29: Egypt shall be overthrown

The Lord will put a hook in the jaws of the Pharaoh, like a fish in the river. The river (i.e. the Nile) is the Lord’s, not Pharaoh’s. The Egyptians will be scattered, but after captivity they will be restored. God promises Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar after the long and disappointing siege of Tyre.

Chapter 30: Egypt made desolate by Babylon

Ezekiel prophesies the ruin of Egypt and her allies, including the Ethiopians by the hands of the Chaldeans.

Ezekiel 27-28

Ezekiel 27-28

Chapter 27: Ezekiel is sad for Tyrus

Tyre’s beauty and commercial prosperity is described but Ezekiel laments the fall of Tyrus and all of the commercial prosperity.

Chapter 28: Tyrus and Zidon shall be destroyed

Tyre has said; “I am a God, I sit in the seat of God…”(Ezekiel 28:2). Strangers will be brought against it. The corrupting influence of its material wealth and beauty is described. Tyre will be devoured in fire and Sidon will be destroyed.  The Jews will be restored after the Babylonian captivity.

Ezekiel 25-26

Ezekiel 25-26

Chapter 25: The Lord’s Vengeance

God’s judgment falls upon the Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites and Philistines. Because they showed hatred for His people, and insulted them in their distress. God will execute great vengeance upon them with furious disapproval. With this fury and vengeance they shall know that HE is The Lord.

Chapter 26: Tyrus shall be destroyed

Tyre has gloated at Jerusalem. Because of this Tyre’s walls and towers will be destroyed, and the city and its inhabitants will be laid waste at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. The princes will be clothed with trembling. Desolation and Destruction is foretold.

Ezekiel 23-24

Ezekiel 23-24

Chapter 23: Two Sister Whores

Samaria and Jerusalem are compared as two harlots, whom were beautiful virgins. These daughters were from one mother, however, they decided to destroy their beauty and remove their virginity by committing whoredoms in Egypt. Then they continued on to commit sexual sins with the Assyrians (Samaria and Jerusalem) and the Babylonians (Jerusalem). They are brought to a lowly state by those they doted on (doted:  those whose idolatrous practices they adopted). God, however, knows of their nakedness of their whoredoms shall be discovered, and both will be destroyed for their sins.

Chapter 24: Ezekiel = Sign

Jerusalem is compared to the scum in a pot of boiling water with bones and meat in it. Her scum shall be in the fire. The Lord causes Ezekiel’s wife to die, but as a sign to the Jews, Ezekiel is not allowed to mourn. This lack of mourning indicates that the Jerusalem will not be permitted to mourn for its forthcoming calamity.

Ezekiel 21-22

Ezekiel 21-22

Chapter 21: Both Righteous & Wicked shall be slain

The Lord’s sword is put against Jerusalem. Ezekiel is commanded by the Lord to cry unto the people and sigh as an animal would sigh. He divines to ascertain which to attack first, and Jerusalem is picked. Destruction is also predicted for the Ammonites.

Chapter 22: The sins of Jerusalem

Ezekiel catalogs the sins of the Jews in Jerusalem “…committed abomination with his neighbor’s wife…lewdly defiled his daughter in law… taken gifts to shed blood… taken usury and increase… dishonest gain…” (Ezekiel 22:11-13) The sin of the Jews includes sexual, worshiping idols, social taboos, murder and dishonest gain. The Lord then asks a question “Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the Lord have spoken it, and will do it.” (Ezekiel 22:14) Essentially the Lord is saying; “You think you are tough now… but will you be SO TOUGH, BEFORE ME and MY WRATH?”  Because of their iniquities they will be destroyed and scattered.

Ezekiel 19-20

Ezekiel 19-20

Chapter 19: Ezekiel laments for Israel

Jerusalem is compared to a lioness – the first of her young is Jehoahaz, removed from power by the king of Egypt; the second is Jehoiakim, brought in chains to Babylon. The Jewish nation is a vine that flourished, but was plucked up in fury and planted in the wilderness, in dry and thirsty ground. Ezekiel laments for Israel, because their fruitfulness is gone.

Chapter 20: Failing to keep the commandments

The Elders of Israel come to ask Ezekiel’s counsel. God commands Ezekiel to speak of them and their rebellion and idolatry, in Egypt, and in the wilderness and in Canaan. Ezekiel tells them of the importance of the Sabbath Day, he tells them that the Lord said; “…hallow my sabbaths; and they hall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.” (Ezekiel 20:20). This shows us that by going to church and keeping the Sabbath day holy, we are showing God that we know he is there and likewise the Lord will return that favor and help us in our lives. What does it mean to keep the Sabbath day holy? Well for starters church is very important, along with: reading scriptures, participating in family activities that are wholesome and refraining from doing work on that day. This also means that you shouldn’t make someone else have to work. Therefore, refraining from shopping is very important. However, Ezekiel reminds them that if they turn their faces towards the Lord, that they will be restored.  Jerusalem is represented as a forest doomed to be destroyed by fire.