July 10, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Ezekiel 25-30
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Context: Today's reading begins a new section in Ezekiel. As you are reading, you may notice that these prophecies are similar to ones we previously read in Isaiah. They concern judgments that will fall on other nations. During the time of Ezekiel, Israel and Judah were being, or had been, punished for their sins against the Lord, at the hands of a wicked nation. Just as Israel and Judah suffered, so too will the nations who reject the Lord God. All prophecies in chapter 25 tell why the nation will be punished and what their punishment will be. Chapter 26 begins a three chapter prophecy against Tyre. In chapter 26, Tyre's sin is identified (1-6), details of Tyre's imminent destruction are foretold (7-14), the effects the judgment will have on Tyre's neighbors (15-18), and Tyre's descent into the pit (18-21). Chapter 27 is a lament over the loss of Tyre including the presentation of the city (1-9), the significance of the city (10-24), and the destruction of the city (25-36). Chapter 28 begins with a prophecy against the king of Tyre including the indictment against the king (1-5) and the announcement of his punishment (6-10). The remainder of chapter 28 is the final lament for the king of Tyre and bears many similarities to Isaiah 14, which describes the fall of Lucifer. The next four chapters contain seven prophecies against Egypt. Chapter 29 contains two prophecies, exposing the sins and judgment (1-16), and foretelling that Egypt will suffer the same fate as Tyre (17-21). Chapter 30 foretells that Egypt and her allies will be devastated (1-19), and that Egypt will be helpless in the day of Yahweh (20-26).
World History: The Ammonites where descendants of Lot and known for their excess in idolatry, cruelty, pride, and opposition to God's people. The Moabites were also descendants of Lot. The Edomites were descendants of Esau. Edom means red. The Edomites and Israelites had the same feuding relationship that Esau and Jacob had. The Philistines had been a continual threat to the Israelites since the time of Joshua.