Thursday, September 27, 2012

troubling the people

I will trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries that you have not known. I will make many peoples appalled at you, and the hair of their kings shall bristle with horror because of you, when I brandish my sword before them. They shall tremble every moment, every one for his own life, on the day of your downfall.
Ezekiel 32:9-10

This is the result of God's direct intervention bringing judgment to Egypt. The mighty civilization would fall and the entire Mediterranean world would be shaken by the news. Egypt would be a byword and a warning to the rest of the world.

The content of chapter 32 focuses almost exclusively on Pharaoh and the pride of his position as god-king over Egypt. God would reduce Pharaoh to a dead man. The text goes to great lengths to talk about the dead kings of other gentile nations conquered by Babylon to make the point of Pharaoh's mortality. The Egyptians might have worshiped him, but from God's standpoint the king of Egypt was just another dead pagan leader among the many who had fallen by the sword of Babylon.

Ezekiel serves up this message as a warning to Egypt of what will pass. It is also a warning to the nations of the justice that God brings to the earth. And it is a powerful witness to the sovereign rule of God over all things in all time.

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