(15 verses, 2:17 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Lord sends Ezekiel to proclaim the wrath of God against Mount Seir
- vv. 1-9: Mount Seir going to receive the wrath of God
- vv. 10-15: The reason why…
- This chapter is pretty straight forward. God continues to proclaim His wrath and judgments against the enemies of His people. He has gone through and numbered many of them already. Occasionally He even returns and proclaims another (or continued) prophecy against a particular nation. This He does with Mount Seir (see Ezekiel 25:12-14)
- Mount Seir is the name used for the people of Edom. Edom lies Southeast of Canaan. And the two nations have been at odds with each other for centuries. We can even see the beginning of this perpetual enmity if we turn to Genesis and read about Jacob and Esau. (Esau left his father’s land and went to inhabit Edom once Jacob had stolen his birthright.)
- God knows the centuries of bloodshed and hatred that have been shared by these two peoples. And He knows that Edom (Mount Seir) is waiting in the wings to pick the flesh from the bones of Israel and Judah once God has finished His work upon them.
- God chastises His people for their good and for their benefit; always to bring them back through repentance. And although the Lord uses Babylon to accomplish this, He will not let any other nation come in and pillage His chosen people. Edom desires to do this, but instead, they will be the ones who are laid to waste.
- Prayer: Gracious God, you chasten your children through Your good and gracious Law. All this is for our good, for our benefit; a gift from You to turn us to repentance. May we ever acknowledge Your killing work of the Law so that we might know and receive Your savior work of the Gospel. Protect us from the hands of our enemies so that we might live in peace and security. Grant us a true repentance, that we might live as Your children in Your grace and mercy. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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-Rev. Eli Lietzau, pastor
Faith in Christ Lutheran, ABQ, NM