- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 25
A prophecy against Ammon.
Chapter 25-32 are oracles of God’s judgement against nations. The point of these prophecies is God’s saving plan for the remnant of people. these nations are those who used to stand against Israel and Judah, and who delighted over the punishment that Israel and Judah received from God. They are seven nations; Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt.
Ammon situated east of the Jordan River, having seized one-time Israelite territory. They delighted over the destruction of the sanctuary and Judah’s exile. The judgement of God is their extermination.
Moab, located immediately east of the Dead Sea, was charged with considering Judah simply as one nation among many with no special status (v.8). Moab and Ammon were related to Israel, the cousin of Abraham, Lot’s descendants (Genesis 19:37-38).
Edom located at south of Moab, stretching from the south end of the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Edomites were descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother (Gen 25:21-34). They did vengeance against Judah. God will take vengeance against Edom.
Philistia located along the coastal plain. The prophesy against Philistines was hostility, vengeance and revenge with malice in their hearts, to destroy the people of Israel, motivated by deeply rooted contempt. God’s punishment was returned vengeance against Philistia.
Then they will know that I am the Lord.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?