Week #108; Wed, Jan 22: Ezekiel 27:1–32:32

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

Ezekiel 27, A Lament for Tyre

I. KEY TEXT: “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Now you, son of man, raise a lamentation over Tyre, and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrances to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, thus says the Lord God: ‘O Tyre, you have said, I am perfect in beauty.’ Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders made perfect your beauty. They made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; they took a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. Of oaks of Bashan they made your oars; they made your deck of pines from the coasts of Cyprus, inlaid with ivory. Of fine embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail, serving as your banner, blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah was your awning, The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your rowers; your skilled men, O Tyre, were in you; they were your pilots. The elders of Gebal and her skilled men were in you, caulking your seams; all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you to barter for your wares.” (27:1-9)

A. INFERENCE: Persia, Lud, Put, Arvad, Helech, Gamad, Tarshish, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, Beth-togarmah, Dedan, Syria, Judah, Damascus, Helbon, Shar, Uzal, Arabia, Kedar, Sheba, Raamah, Haran, Canneh, Eden, Asher, and Chilmad have worked in your industry and markets filled and heavy laden in the heart of the seas.” (27:10-25)

1. FINDINGS: High seas and wind has wrecked you. Your riches, wares, merchandise, mariners, pilots, warriors, sink into the heart of the seas on the day of your fall. All in Tyre weep over you. In their wailing they raise a lamentation for you and lament over you.

2. CRITERIA: Do not profane God with your wealth.

3. CONDITION: Over-developed pride over wealth.

4. CAUSE: Wealth made their hearts like the heart of a god

5. EFFECT: The wrath of God was brought against Tyre and other foreign nations.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Get right with the Lord God.

Ezekiel 28, Prophecy Against the Prince of Tyre

I. KEY TEXT: “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: ‘Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god–you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries; by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth.'” (28:1-5)

A. INFERENCE: “. . . therefore, behold, I will bring foreigners upon you, the most ruthless of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor.” (28:6-7)

1. FINDINGS: “. . . you are but man, and no god, in the hands of those who slay you . . .” (28:9)

2. CRITERIA: Humility.

3. CONDITION: Pride.

4. CAUSE: Temptation to follow after the treasures of the world for protection and power.

5. EFFECT: Earthly treasures won’t last.

6. RECOMMENDATION:  Rest upon long range values from the Lord God.

II. KEY TEXT: “Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: ‘You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God, every precious stone was your covering . . . On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub [pertains to Ex. 25:20; 1 Kgs. 8:7]. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your  ways from the day you were created till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you have sinned; . . . ” (28:1-16)

A. INFERENCE: “. . . so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.” (28:16)

1. FINDINGS: “Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.” (28:17) Unrighteousness, violence.

2. CRITERIA: Righteousness, peace.

3. CONDITION: Multitude of iniquities in trade, profaned the sanctuaries.

4. CAUSE: Pride and self confidence.

5. EFFECT: “I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you.” (28:18)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Turn to the righteousness of the Lord God and all of his ways.

III. KEY TEXT: “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her and say, Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Sidon, and I will manifest my glory in your midst. And they shall know that I am the Lord when I execute judgments in her and manifest my holiness in her; for I will send pestilence into her, and blood into her streets; and the slain shall fall in her midst, by the sword that is against her on every side.” (28:20-23)

A. INFERENCE: “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (28:23)

1. FINDINGS: Sidon treated his people with contempt.

2. CRITERIA: Dwell in harmony with his people.

3. CONDITION: The people of the Lord God are in exile.

4. CAUSE: Contempt for his people.

5. EFFECT: “And for the house of Israel there shall be no more a brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord God.” (28:24-26)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Lament for Sidon. Israel will be gathered in security.

Ezekiel 29, Prophecy Against Egypt

I. KEY TEXT: “In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt, speak and say, Thus says the Lord God: . . . To the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the heavens I give you as food.” (29:1-5)

A. INFERENCE: “Then all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord.” (29:6)

1. FINDINGS: “Because you have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel, when they grasped you with the hand, you broke and tore all their shoulders; and when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins to shake.” (29:6-7)

2. CRITERIA: God’s people needed his Spirit in their hearts and a willingness to obey his commandments, but without it, they were defeated and exiled.

3. CONDITION: The Lord God’s delivered his oracle to Ezekiel against Egypt and the other foreign nations that were hostile to Israel.

4. CAUSE: The Lord God used foreign nations to overthrow Israel because they were dead in spirit toward the Lord. Now he is rebuilding his people with the promise to give dead exiled Israel and Judah new flesh and life through the Spirit. All covenant promises past and future will be kept, because God will pour out his Spirit on the people.

5. EFFECT: “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will bring a sword upon you, and will cut off from you man and beast, and the land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste.” (29:8)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Lament for Egypt for the Lord God will make the land uninhabited for forty years. He will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them through the countries. (29:12)

II. KEY TEXT: “In the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre. Every head was made bald, and every shoulder was rubbed bare, yet neither he nor his army got anything from Tyre to pay for the labor that he had performed against her.” (29:18)

A. INFERENCE: “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he shall carry off its wealth and despoil it and plunder it; and it shall be the wages for his army. I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he labored, because they worked for me, declares the Lord God.” (29:19-20)

1. FINDINGS: Babylon worked for the Lord God to destroy Egypt.

2. CRITERIA: “On that day I will cause a horn to spring up for the house of Israel, and I will open your lips among them. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (29:21)

3. CONDITION: The Lord God is using Babylon to conquer Egypt even though Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel and took his people into exile.

4. CAUSE: The Lord God was preparing for restoration of Israel and he used Nebuchadnezzar to do his work against Egypt.

5. EFFECT: The Lord God caused a horn [Ps. 132:17 and Luke 1:69 pertain] to spring up for the house of Israel. (29:21)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Lament for Egypt and watch what the Lord God will do to prepare a path for his people to eternal salvation.

Ezekiel 30, A Lament for Egypt

I. KEY TEXT:: “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord God: ‘Wail, Alas for the day!’ For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. A sword shall come upon Egypt, and anguish shall be in Cush, when the slain fall in Egypt, and her wealth is carried away, and her foundations are torn down.'” (30:1-4)

A. INFERENCE: “I will put an end to the wealth of Egypt, by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. He and his people with him , the most ruthless of nations, shall be brought in to destroy the land, and they shall draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain. I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it, by the hand of foreigners; I am the Lord; I have spoken. Thus says the Lord God: ‘I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis; there shall no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt; so I will put fear in the land of Egypt.'” (30:10-13)

1. FINDINGS: Egypt shall fall to Babylon.

2. CRITERIA: The Lord God is using Babylon to defeat Egypt and help prepare a way for his people to be restored.

3. CONDITION: Egypt shall fall by the sword by Babylon per the Lord God.

4. CAUSE: The Lord God will put an end of the wealth in Egypt. (30:10)

5. EFFECT: The Lord God will dry up the Nile in Egypt. He will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it. He will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis. (30:12-13)

6. RECOMMENDATION: Lament for Egypt and watch what the Lord God will do to prepare a path for his people to salvation.

Ezekiel 31, Pharaoh to Be Slain

I. KEY TEXT: “Thus says the Lord God: On the day the cedar went down to Sheol I caused mourning: I closed the deep over it, and restrained its rivers and many waters were stopped, I clothed Lebanon in gloom for it, and all the trees of the field fainted because of it. I made the nations quake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down to Sheol with those who go down to the pit.” (31:15-16)

A. INFERENCE: “Whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? You shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the world below. You shall lie among the uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, declares the Lord God.” (31:18)

1. FINDINGS: The demise of Pharaoh at the hands of Babylon is in the Lord God’s plan for restoring Israel.

2. CRITERIA: The Lord God is using Babylon to defeat Egypt and help prepare a way for his people to be restored.

3. CONDITION: Egypt shall fall by the sword by Babylon per the Lord God.

4. CAUSE: The same Spirit that has entered Ezekiel will one day enter God’s people leading them to repent and return to their land while keeping their covenants with the Lord God. The Lord God is making preparations for that day.

5. EFFECT: The promised renewal in Leviticus 26:3-45 and Deuteronomy 30:1-10 will unfold under the Lord God’s direct supervision in accordance with his master plan.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Lament for Egypt and watch what the Lord God will do to prepare a path for his people to salvation.

Ezekiel 32, A Lament Over Pharaoh and Egypt

I. KEY TEXT:: “. . . the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, raise a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: You consider yourself a lion of the nations, but you are like a dragon in the seas; you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers. Thus says the Lord God: I will throw my net over you with a host of many peoples, and they will haul you up in my dragnet. And I will cast you on the ground; on the open field I will fling you, and will cause all the birds of the heavens to settle on you, and I will gorge the beasts of the whole earth with you. I will strew your flesh upon the mountains and fill the valleys with your carcass. I will drench the land even to the mountains with your flowing blood, and the ravines will be full of you. When I blot you out, I will cover the heavens and make their stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over you, and put darkness on you land, declares the Lord.'” (32:1-8)

A. INFERENCE: “This is a lamentation that shall be chanted; the daughters of the nations shall chant it; over Egypt, and over all her multitude, shall they chant it, declares the Lord God.” (32:16)

1. FINDINGS: Pride.

2. CRITERIA: Humility.

3. CONDITION: Egypt shall fall by the sword by Babylon per the Lord God.

4. CAUSE: The same Spirit that has entered Ezekiel will one day enter God’s people leading them to repent and return to their land while keeping their covenants with the Lord God. The Lord God is making preparations for that day and beyond to eternity.

5. EFFECT: The promised renewal in Leviticus 26:3-45 and Deuteronomy 30:1-10 will unfold under the Lord God’s direct supervision in accordance with his master plan.

6. RECOMMENDATION: Lament for Egypt and watch what the Lord God will do to prepare a path for his people to salvation.

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One thought on “Week #108; Wed, Jan 22: Ezekiel 27–32

  1. January 15, 2020 at 6:08 am Edit
    I. A personal Biblical yardstick helps study the Bible and God’s master plan.
    A. Here’s mine:
    1. The Lamb’s Book of Life was compiled with our names before the foundation of the world.
    2. Isaiah 14 addresses the war in heaven and Satans fall along with his not so angelic followers.
    3. Lucifer’s pride escaped his internal controls and he and his followers exercised their free-will to contend with God over ruling God’s kingdom, a big mistake although God knew the outcome before hand.
    4. The split resulted in a ratio of 2/3 of the angels opting for God’s side and 1/3 of the angels opting for Lucifer’s side.
    5. When humans were created, God gave them free-will just like the angels.
    6. Our free-will to exercise our choice to follow God or not has similar consequences as the angels.
    7. Yes, Jesus died for all; however, God will only accept believers back into His pure kingdom.
    8. God already knows who will become a believer and He sealed their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world; blasphemy results in a name being deleted from the Lamb’s Book of Life.
    9. God does condemn some and does not want them back in His kingdom.
    10. God wants a restored pure kingdom where He will know that believers want to be on His side and not Satan’s side.
    11. So, our earthly environment is a temporary testing or proving ground.
    12. Yet, God knows the eternal outcome of our free-will choices that we make now here on earth.
    13. He is testing us now with His free-grace to make a free-will choice to believe in Jesus.
    14. God sent Jesus to die for all, but we have to believe in Him and more than that, we must develop our relationship with Him from that point on.
    15. Interlocking fingers depicts how tight our relationship with Jesus should be.
    B. Inference: All Scripture (old and new) gets richer and richer, particularly if it is read as one voice of God from beginning to end.
    C. Further, Colossians 3 isolates three important words: above, earth, and below. When directional labels are applied to these words, they render a vertical, horizontal, and transverse context for God, earth, and evil respectively.
    D. So, the current Scripture topic can be analyzed in an X, Y, and Z three-dimensional Cartesian context as good, bad, or ugly, and mentally plotted by pinpointing coordinates for the following elements (see: http://www.jwaministries.net at paragraph 4.B):
    1. FINDINGS: Abnormality(ies)?
    2. CRITERIA: Basis for good results?
    3. CONDITION: What’s happening?
    4. CAUSE: How or why did the condition happen?
    5. EFFECT: Impact?
    6. RECOMMENDATION: Resolution for the condition(s)/cause(s)?
    E. Assess and remember the slope of the topic’s curve; use as needed.

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