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Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 5 - Ezekiel 28-31: Tyre and Egypt Realize God is (g)od

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 28-31

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

God must convince these nations that He is god and not them.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

"Tyre, your money and fortune has made you believe you are a god. Try to argue that with your assassins.
"Sidon, you need to learn who I am.
"Israel will be freed from her nagging neighbors. She will live in safety."
Later God came to Ezekiel again, "Preach against Egypt. They think the Nile belongs to them. They will soon know I am God. Egypt's downfall will bring encouragement to Israel and terror to their allies. They will never again dominate the world.
"Tell Pharaoh, 'Who do you think you are? I created everything. Your big nation will crumble.'"

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Tyre and Egypt thought they were gods and not God.

Tyre's blessings, mentioned in yesterday's reading, came from trade. Instead of blessing God for their great riches, they considered themselves in control. Egypt had a similar issue, though they still had a temple full of gods. God would show both of them who the real god was.

God's punishments were meant to show who He was.

One phrase that continues to come up in Ezekiel is a form of "they will know (or realize) I am God". It came up 12 times in today's reading alone. God's purpose for punishing Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt (alongside Israel, Judah, Assyria, and Babylon) was because they had either not given full respect to God or thought they were gods themselves. God is not a wrath-filled Spirit who angrily punishes people because He cannot get His Way. God uses His Punishment to remind the world who He is.

Do you act like God is god?

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