Today’s reading is: Ezek. 24:15-25:17; 29:1-16; 30:20-31:18; Jer. 21; 34
Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Four
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Ezekiel’s next work assignment is to silently endure the loss of his beloved wife, without any mourning (Ezek. 24:16-24).
- The chapter closes with the Lord’s promise to release Ezekiel’s mouth on the day that word of Jerusalem’s destruction arrives in Babylon (Ezek. 24:25-27).
- Summary thoughts on the chapter:
- The plan of God is precise, determining the perfect days for His perfect will (Ps. 139:16; Dan. 12:11,12; 9:24-27 cp. Matt. 21:2,3; 26:18; Acts 1:7).
- Believers are admonished to keep their vessels pure (2nd Tim. 2:21).
- Personal tragedies have a purpose—to teach us, and others the grace of God (Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28; Heb. 5:8).
- The Old Testament prophets endured a tremendous amount of testing and suffering, for purposes that were left incomplete until this present age of grace (Heb. 11:32-40).
Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Five
- Chapter 25 begins an 8 chapter section of prophecies directed against the gentile nations.
- Ammon is rebuked for the pleasure they took in the fall of Jerusalem (Ezek. 25:3,6).
- God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezek. 18:32; 33:11).
- Ezekiel was also to clap and stamp his foot (Ezek. 6:11), but with God’s mental attitude, and not with the scorn of his soul (Ezek. 25:6).
- Ammon’s Divine discipline will result in their knowledge of the Lord (Ezek. 25:5,7).
- Moab is rebuked for their insult of the Lord (Ezek. 25:8-11).
- Moab & Seir claimed that Judah is “like” all the nations (Ezek. 25:8).
- The Lord states that there is no nation on earth like His chosen people (Ex. 34:10; Num. 23:9; Deut. 26:18-19; 28:1; and see also 1st Sam. 8:5,20).
- Moab’s Divine discipline will result in their knowledge of the LORD (Ezek. 25:11).
- Edom is rebuked for acting upon their mental-attitude of celebration & scorn by exacting vengeance upon Judah (Ezek. 25:12-14).
- They took vengeance of vengeance, בִּנְקֹם נָקָם.
- They are guilty of guilt, וַיֶּאְשְׁמוּ אָשׁוֹם.
- Edom’s Divine discipline will result in their knowledge of the vengeance of the Lord (Ezek. 25:14).
- Philistia’s rebuke is like Edom’s as a result of their own vengeance upon Judah (Ezek. 25:15-17). Their Divine discipline also results in a knowledge of the Lord (v.17).
Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Nine
- Chapter 29 contains the first two of seven messages directed against Egypt.
- Like chapter 28, there is an earthly ruler (Pharaoh) and the dragon who empowers him (Ezek. 29:3).
- הַתַּנִּים הַגָּדוֹל hattanniym haggadowl. תַּנִּין tanniyn #8577: dragon, serpent, sea monster. (Job 7:12; Ps. 74:13*; Isa. 27:1*; 51:9**; Jer. 51:34; Ezek. 29:3; 32:2). * || לִוְיָתָן livyāthān #3882 ** || רַהַב rahab #7294.
- The dragon claims Creator status (v.3).
- God intends to spear this dragon, and leave his dead physical body for the beasts and the birds to eat (vv.4,5; Ps. 74:13,14; Job 41:1,2).
- See the TTB Day 032 for Job 41, TTB Day 203 for Isaiah 27, and TTB Day 211 for Isaiah 51.
- The message to Egypt highlights a 40 year captivity & a return (Ezek. 29:9b-16).
- Egypt’s Divine discipline results in their knowledge of the Lord (Ezek. 29:6,9,16).
(Chapter Twenty-Nine continues on Day 257)
Ezekiel Chapter Thirty
(Outline continues from Day 257)
- Even as the Lord breaks Egypt’s arms, He is strengthening Babylon’s arm (Ezek. 30:20-26).
- Historically, the conflict of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon with Egypt is well documented.
- Prophetic Babylon (Rev. 17:5) led by Antichrist will clash with Egypt and her helpers (Dan. 11:40-43).
Ezekiel Chapter Thirty-One
- Chapter 31 is a descriptive allegory of Egypt & Assyria.
- The Satanic glory of Assyria is described (Ezek. 31:2-17).
- Assyria rose to become the world’s only great superpower (Ezek. 31:3-5).
- Fallen angels infested Assyria’s upper branches, and oversaw the daily human activity (Ezek. 31:6 cf. Dan. 4:12,21; Matt. 13:32; Eph. 2:2).
- Edenic trees were jealous of Assyria’s glory (Ezek. 31:8-9).
- God judges Assyria because of their pride (Ezek. 31:10-14; Nahum; Jonah).
- Assyria was welcomed into Sheol by other trees, who were “comforted” by Assyria’s downfall (Ezek. 31:15-17 cf. Isa. 14:15-17).
- Pharaoh is reminded that his glory and greatness doesn’t rise to Assyria’s level, and that he will share Assyria’s fate (Ezek. 31:18).
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-One
- Chapter 21 begins a series of rebukes against Judah’s kings.
- Zedekiah (Jer. 21:12-2:9).
- Shallum (Jehoahaz) (Jer. 22:10-12).
- Jehoiakim (Jer. 22:13-19).
- Jehoiachin (Jer. 22:24-30).
- Zedekiah dispatched two officials to inquire of the LORD concerning Nebuchadnezzar (Jer. 21:2).
- This appears to be a good thing on Zedekiah’s part, but the Divine commentary against him is clear (2nd Kgs. 24:19).
- His inquiry of the Lord was apparently one of a number of gods he consulted looking for hope against Babylon.
- Jeremiah’s message is not a happy one for King Zedekiah—stay in the city and die, or go out of the city and volunteer for exile (Jer. 21:3-14).
Jeremiah Chapter Thirty-Four
- Jeremiah personally delivers the Lord’s message of judgment to King Zedekiah (Jer. 34:1-7).
- King Zedekiah attempted a release of all Hebrew slaves (Jer. 34:8-10,15), as an act of obedience to the Law of Moses (Jer. 34:12-14).
- The release was short-lived, however, as the slave-owners re-enslaved their Hebrew slaves (Jer. 34:11,16).
- The consequence for their disingenuous release would be a true release—death (Jer. 34:17-22).