Tuesday, April 19 2011
Verse of the Week: V27 “I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”
1. God’s Warning (V1-17)
V2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,”
Before God judged the people of Jerusalem and Israel, He kept warning them to repent of their sins and be holy before Him. Even the righteous people in the eyes of men were wicked in the eyes of God because outwardly these righteous people were supposedly worshipping God but inwardly their hearts were unholy and far away from God.
V3 “And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.”
2. God’s Judgment (V18-27)
V26 “Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.”
Eventually God sent the Babylonians to attack and destroy Israel who had time and again refused to repent of their sins and be holy before God. It was a severe judgment from God as Israel was completely destroyed by the Babylonians, and to date, Israel never fully becomes a great nation like in the days of King David and King Solomon.
V27 “I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”
3. God’s Wrath (V28-32)
V28 “And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering:”
God did not just sent the Babylonians to destroy the people of Israel but they also destroyed the wicked Ammonites. Indeed God is no respecter of persons and His wrath and anger shall be upon everyone who is unholy before Him.
“For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to be holy as You are holy.