May 3. Proclamations Against Sidon and Egypt

Ezek. 28:20-26; 32:1-32

Sidon was an ancient seaport city hundreds of years old about twenty miles north of Tyre. They had been a painful brier pricking Israel for many years. Ezekiel pronounced God’s judgment upon them and as they were dependent upon Tyre, they would also fall as punishment for the evil that they had committed against God’s chosen people. “Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.”

Even as they had suffered punishment for their own sins, Israel was reassured by God that they would again be gathered back safely to their own land. He would execute judgments upon those who would despise them.

God has portrayed Himself many times as a jealous God. Mankind throughout the ages has ignored Him and worshipped other gods as they had refused to know Him. The central theme of His punishment of the nations is, “Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”

Pharaoh was depicted as a young lion and a monster of the seas running wild. However, God would trap him in His net and all of Egypt would suffer as a consequence of his evil ways. Surviving nations would be troubled by the news of Egypt’s fall. Their carcasses slain by the sword of Babylon would fill the valleys and their blood would water the land. All that had been great in the land would become desolate. Pharaoh and his people would take their places with the other evil nations slain by the sword. Assyria, Elam, Meshech, Tubal, Edom and Sidon were specifically mentioned as being in their graves.