Thursday, September 13, 2012
the extent of justice
Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the Philistines acted revengefully and took vengeance with malice of soul to destroy in never-ending enmity...
This section of the prophecies of Ezekiel now shifts the focus of judgment to the historic enemies of Israel and Judah. God singles out specific messages to these people groups who had been instrumental in enticing His people into idolatry and disobedience. And now that Judah had fallen, these pagan nations had rejoiced in the destruction. But that would not last.
God warned the peoples of Ammon, Moab, Seir, Edom, and Philistia that their sins had not gone unnoticed. His justice was coming to these nations as well so that they would know that He is the Lord. They would fall for their sins against God and against God's people.
These nations would be judged not in retribution, but as a revelation of the power of God. The Lord announces this in advance to them through the prophetic word of Ezekiel. And it is forever recorded in the pages of scripture so that we can see that all nations will answer to Him.