In Ezekiel 24-27 things start to get rough for Israel and then God starts handing out judgements for the enemies of Israel right away.
“In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.” (Ezekiel 24:1-2)
This occurred around 588 BC, when the siege of Jerusalem began. This siege lasted between 18-30 months, and was horrific for those involved. So that Ezekiel can understand how this feels for God to have his people destroyed completely, God allows Ezekiel’s wife to die. This is very rough, but many people were dying in Jerusalem at this time. While Ezekiel and God are going through some very rough times in the middle of this God starts to deal out judgments to the nations around Israel that were enemies and took advantage of Israel’s plight, and were happy to see Israel brought low. Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, and Tyre are all mentioned as part of the curses in chapters 25 and 26. These nearby nations would have known about the God of the Jews and would now be mocking him, since it did not appear that he could protect his own people. For the sake of his name God will bring down harsh judgement on them so that they will not forget to fear him.
“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet, rejoicing with all the malice of your heart against the land of Israel, therefore I will stretch out my hand against you and give you as plunder to the nations. I will wipe you out from among the nations and exterminate you from the countries. I will destroy you, and you will know that I am the Lord.’” (Ezekiel 25:6,7)
This is a low point for Israel, and for the surrounding nations, and we will see that the bad times will only continue for some of these nations.
Chris & Katie-Beth Mattison
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at BibleGateway here – Ezekiel 24-27
Tomorrow’s reading will be Ezekiel 28-31 as we continue with Ezekiel and our 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan