August 25

Today’s Reading:  Ezekiel 25:1-17, 29:1-16, 30:1-26, 31:1-18

Highlights: In 2 days we return to Jerusalem and will read about its destruction. Today and tomorrow the reading focuses on God’s judgment of  the neighboring nations of Israel. The topic of Ezekiel 25-32 is God’s judgment on  Ammon, Moab, the Philistines, Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt.  These were written about the same time as the fall of Jerusalem.  God is using Babylon to punish these as well as Judah. “I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt” (30:25).  In chapter 31 Egypt is warned to remember how beautiful, powerful Assyria fell – a warning that they also will not escape.

Look closely at 29:1-7. What are some of the reasons God is judging Egypt? What about the Ammorites in 25:3-6?


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2 Responses to August 25

  1. Sandy Steinman

    God was judging Egypt because of the pride of Pharaoh along with the fact that they were a staff of reeds to the Israelites who leaned on them. The fact that they splintered and either refers to the fact that Egypt was weak and unable to help them or to the fact that they were treacherous and deceitful in their relationship with Israel.

    As to the Ammorites, God was dealing with them because they rejoiced over the ruin of Judah and Jerusalem when they clapped their hands and said “Aha!” I suspect that they also rejoiced because they believed that the fall of Judah meant the fall of God.

  2. Mary K

    Clearly the fall of Jerusalem was a time for mourning the lost children of God and not a time to rejoice over someone else’s bad fortune. There is an application of this lesson from God today. This reminds me to relinquish an attitude of “they got just what they deserved” and replace it with genuine sorrow for a lost soul.

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