(17 verses, 2:51 to read)
What I am about to READ
The Lord promised to punish those nations that oppressed his people. Someday all who oppress God’s church today will suffer a similar fate, and all will acknowledge that the Christians’ God is the true God.
MARK & LEARN
- Chapters 25 to 32 form a bridge between the first and last parts of Ezekiel. In these chapters the Lord reminds the people through Ezekiel that he is the God of all nations, in control of the affairs of this world and that he causes all that happens to serve all people, not just the people of Israel.
- God intended to unleash His anger against these nations because each of them had opposed Israel, either by mounting attacks or by helping Israel’s enemies.
- A major theme recurs in each of the four sections of this chapter: When God acted on behalf of His people and punished the nations for their sin, everyone would know that the God of Israel is the true God.
- Both Israel (“You will know that I am the Lord,” verse 7) and the nations (“They will know that I am the Lord,” verse 11) would see the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecies and acknowledge that only the Lord could predict something and bring it to pass.
The theme of the book (“They will know that I am the Lord”) occurs many times in this section. On the Last Day all nations will know once and for all what we believers in Christ already know: the Lord our God is the only true God in heaven and on earth. “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.