When Ezekiel is warning about God’s judgments, the people do hear his words but they do not ‘do’ them. Today, we have the same problem in Christianity. Have you ever heard of ‘we are saved by faith alone’ lie?
The book of Ezekiel is one of the major prophets in the Old Testament. It was authored by Ezekiel who was set as a watchman to the house of Israel. The thirty-second chapter of Ezekiel is about mourning for Pharoah and Egypt.
The thirty-first chapter of Ezekiel is about prophecy to Egypt. God is showing to Egypt how the pride of Assyria caused it’s destruction.
The thirtieth chapter of Ezekiel is about prophecies mentioning Egypt’s fall. The prophecies seem to refer the Battle of Pelusium in 525 BC and the invasion of Egypt by Nebuchadnezzar.
The twenty-ninth chapter of Ezekiel is about prophecy against Egypt. It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for God will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore. No longer shall it be the confidence of the house of Israel, but will remind them of their iniquity when they turned to follow them.
God will judge any nation that is like a pricking thorn to Israel. In 1948, God gathered the house of Israel and the nation of Israel was formed. They will dwell in their own land, build houses, plant vineyards and dwell safely. While Israel dwell safely, God will execute Judgments on all around those who despise them. Whether it ancient Tyre by Alexander or the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 or Syrian civil-war in 2011, these judgments ruined them.
On the day when the Lord judges a nation, just like the unconquered, undefeated fortified island city of Tyre was brought to its knees, God will judge every nation for its iniquity.
God is punishing Tyre simply because Tyre rejoiced in the destruction of Jerusalem. Because it said, “Aha! Jerusalem is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste”, the LORD makes it a desolate city with attacks from many nations as waves of the sea.
God is enslaving Ammon for rejoicing “Aha!” and Moab for commenting, “Look”. God is taking vengeance on Edom and Philistia for their vengeance against Israel. This chapter serves as a reminder for us that there mustn’t be any vengeance in our hearts and must not rejoice on other’s destruction.
Ezek 24:13-14 In your filthiness is lewdness. Because I have cleansed you, and you were not cleansed, You will not be cleansed of your filthiness anymore, Till I have caused My fury to rest upon you. I, the LORD, have spoken it; It shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not hold back, Nor will I spare, Nor will I relent; According to your ways And according to your deeds They will judge you,” Says the Lord GOD.