Verse of the Week: V18 “To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? Yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.”
1. The Greatness Of Egypt (V1-9)
V2 “Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?”
During the time of prophet Ezekiel, the greatest nation of the world was Egypt and the greatest leader was Pharaoh, the King of Egypt. The great Egypt and the great Pharaoh stood tall among all the nations of the world in terms of their wisdom, wealth, power, military and economic might.
V5 “Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.”
2. The Pride Of Egypt (V10-11)
V10 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;”
Pharaoh was not satisfied just to be the greatest king of the world; he wanted to be like god, his creator and maker. His pride and ego could only be satisfied if all the people of the world worshipped him as their god and paid him tribute, honour and respect. This was why God subsequently sent the mighty Babylonians to attack, defeat, destroy and humble the Egyptians, and since then, Egypt has never been the greatest nation of the world.
V11 “I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.”
3. The Fall Of Egypt (V12-18)
V18 “To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? Yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.”
All including the greatest nation and the greatest leader who commits evil and wickedness and refuse to acknowledge and believe in the true and great God shall be judged and condemned to hell. God is not a respecter of nation or person.
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, please humble me to know that You are the only true and great God.
Verse of the Week: V6 “Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.”
1. Egypt Became Powerful (V1-5)
V4 “For the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.”
At that time, Egypt was a superpower and Pharaoh king of Egypt was the most powerful leader of the world. All countries in the world would pay tribute to Egypt and Pharaoh to gain their friendship, trust and support in order for them to live in peace and harmony.
V5 “Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.”
2. Egypt Became Weak (V6-19)
V6 “Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.”
God will never allow the people and the nations of this world to be proud and arrogant. In the history of mankind, every superpower and every super leader was humbled by God. Egypt, the superpower and Pharaoh king of Egypt, the super leader, were humbled when God sent the Babylonians to attack and defeat them because of the pride of their power.
V10 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.”
3. Egypt Became Nothing (V20-26)
V22 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.”
The Babylonians attacked and scattered the Egyptians throughout the world. Indeed, no nation or no man can claim to be a superpower or a super leader as God shall humble them. Throughout history, God humbled all great empires such as the Hebrew, the Egyptian, the Babylonian, the Persian, the Greek, the Roman as well as the British empire.
V26 “And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, please humble me to know that I am nothing without You.
Verse of the Week: V21 “In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
1. God Against Egypt (V1-7)
V2 “Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt:”
God was against Pharaoh King of Egypt and the Egyptians because they were the great power of the world and became proud and arrogant. They refused to acknowledge and believe that the true God of Israel had richly blessed them. Instead, time and again, they persecuted and punished the people of Israel and caused them to sin against God.
V3 “Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.”
2. God Attacked Egypt (V8-20)
V8 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee.”
God allowed the Babylonians to attack and defeat the proud Egyptians and robbed them of their wealth and riches as wages for the King of Babylon and his mighty army.
V19 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.”
3. God Assured Israel (V21)
V21 “In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
The Almighty God assured the people of Israel that He would be for them, and would make them the light of the world, if they would humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. Indeed, if God be for us, who can be against us?
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, please humble me so that You are for me and not against me.
Verse of the Week: V2 “Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:”
1. The Pride (V1-6)
V2 “Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:”
What pride that Tyrus would claim that he was God when he was just a creature of God! God created Tyrus with perfect beauty and wisdom, and blessed him with riches and fame, yet instead of being grateful to God, he became proud and desired to be God.
V4 “With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:”
2. The Punishment (V7-19)
V14 “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”
The anointed cherub, Lucifer, fell from grace because of pride and became the Devil or Satan. The anointed cherub like Tyrus was created with perfect beauty and wisdom, yet like Tyrus, he too fell from grace because of pride. God punished the people of Tyrus as well as the anointed cherub as no man or angel can claim to be God, except God Himself.
V17 “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”
3. The People (V20-26)
V25 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.”
Indeed, God punishes the proud and blesses the humble. God promises to bless and sanctify His people including the nation of Israel if they humble themselves and seek His face and turn from their sins of pride and rebellion.
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, I need You as You are my God and I am just Your creation.
Verse of the Week: V3 “And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.”
1. Perfect Tyrus (V1-11)
V3 “And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.”
Tyrus was perfectly situation at the entry of the sea where all ships had to pass through it before going to other cities and countries. Cities and nations praised Tyrus for her perfect beauty as it was the centre of all trade and commerce in the region as well as in the world.
V11 “The men of Arvad with thine army were upon thy walls round about, and the Gammadims were in thy towers: thy hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect.”
2. Prosperous Tyrus (V12-25)
V12 “Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.”
Tyrus became one of the most prosperous cities in the world as people from all over the world came to trade and do business with her as well as with the rest of the world.
V25 “The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas.”
3. Proud Tyrus (V26-36)
V26 “Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.”
Though Tyrus was the perfect and prosperous city, it soon became proud and God sent the east wind or a great storm to destroy the entire city. Many times God allow crises in our lives to humble us so that we know that He is behind our success and achievement.
V36 “The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more.”
“But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Prayer of the Week:
Dearest God, please humble me and give me grace to live for You.