Sep. 17. Proclamations Against Various Empires

Ezek. 25:1-26:21

There have been times during the world’s existence that God’s patience has reached its limit. At one time, He had destroyed man and all animal life except for Noah and his family and two of every kind of animal with a giant flood. Periodically, He had used various nations to punish His chosen people, the Israelites. However those punishing nations had also been evil and had received their punishment as well. During the times of Ezekiel and the other prophets, God sent warnings of impending doom upon the disobedient nations. Several of those people were warned in these proclamations.

Even though God had allowed Babylon to destroy Jerusalem, He was not pleased with those surrounding nations who were rejoicing over their calamity. Some had aided in Judah’s downfall. Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia and Tyre were specifically named as nations that would receive His wrath. The people of Ammon, Moab and Edom were relatives of Israel, having descended from Abraham’s nephew, Lot and Jacob’s brother, Esau.

Tyre was a seaport center in Phoenicia which had ambitions of increasing their commercial opportunities after Judah had fallen. God was displeased with their greedy pleasure of seeing His people destroyed. He sent word to them that He would send Nebuchadnezzar against them and that they would be destroyed and never be rebuilt.