Today you should read: Ezekiel 26
In the first 24 chapters of Ezekiel, God is speaking out against the sins + evil of Israel, calling them to repentance in His grace. But now as we enter chapter 25, Ezekiel shifts his focus on the evil + sin of the nations. And here is something that we can take away and hold on to right now in our current climate…
EVIL NEVER ULTIMATELY WINS.
This is something that we need to remember as we look at what seems like hopelessness in our world as evil abounds all around us. We are not hopeless because God is on the throne of heaven and therefore evil never ULTIMATELY wins. I say ultimate because it can seem for a time that it is winning but it is not.
Think about Tyre that we read about in Ezekiel 26. They were living how they wanted. It seems like they were abounding. They had lived that way for years upon years and thought that all was good. They thought they could get away with their evil. Until God said enough.
- Tyre’s Destruction ANNOUNCED (v. 1-6)
God proclaimed that they would face judgement because of their sin. They He has risen up against them. This is what sin does. We never get away with sin. Sin makes us an enemy of God (Romans 1, James 4). That is why we need Jesus as our substitute.
- Tyre’s Destruction ACCOMPLISHED (v. 7-14)
Then God describes how it is going to take place. He is going to send the King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to conquer them.
- Tyre’s Destruction LAMENTED (v. 15-18)
God told them that the world is going to see what happened and going to lament. They are going to learn from you!
- Tyre’s Destruction FOREVER (v. 19-21)
And ultimately Tyre would never be the same. As God here uses language of them “going down to the pit” (a forever judgement)… this is completely opposite of what Israel, their enemy, would receive from God.
In the end, we can trust God. He has a plan. He is for us. He has a purpose… and that we see in verse 6…
“That they will know I am the Lord…”
One day, like Philippians 2 says, every knee will bow & every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Let us keep this in mind as we enter into the evil of our world. Our hope is not there. It is in Jesus. Let this affect the way we share and the way we love.
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College
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