Jerusalem is under siege and Ezekiel remains silent as the word of the LORD comes to him concerning nations not named Judah. Today we pick up again with Tyre, and specifically her king, who has made wealth for himself by wisdom and understanding, but whose heart has become proud. The LORD describes him as anointed, even blameless in all his ways – until unrighteousness found him. “Will you still say, ‘I am a god,’” the LORD asks, “in the presence of those who kill you…?”
Listen for all the repeated phrases and themes as the LORD turns His attention to Egypt, and her Pharaoh, whom the LORD warns: “Behold, I am against you.” There is a vivid description of how the LORD will draw Pharaoh out of Egypt, onto the open field, to fall in battle. Egypt will pay for its failure to aid Israel: “When they grasped you with the hand, you broke and tore all their shoulders…” They will pay for their arrogance: “The Nile is my own; I made it for myself.” And while the LORD will one day restore them, the LORD promises that Egypt will never again exalt itself above other nations.
Between these is a brief oracle against Sidon, Tyre’s northern neighbor. Listen to the constancy of the LORD’s purposes: Sidon will know that “I am the LORD” when he manifests His glory in their midst. Israel will know that “I am the LORD” when there is “no more brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt.”
Through it all the LORD reminds the nations around Israel – and indirectly Israel itself – of His special relationship with them. But this is a secondary purpose. Pay attention to what the LORD keeps coming back to, and remember the concluding promise to Abraham that “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Our verse for this week is 2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Ezekiel 28 through 30. Now let’s read it!
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.