- 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 29
A prophecy against Egypt.
Chapters 29-32 are oracle against Egypt. The date of oracle, “the tenth year, in the tenth month on the twelfth day, was January 587 BC, a year after the siege of Jerusalem by Babylonia.
Pharaoh, King of Egypt, was regarded himself as the ruler of the world, forgetting that he was under the ruler of the universe, God. Therefore, God left Egypt to ruin so that Pharaoh and the whole world might know that God was the Lord.
The Nile was the source of life in Egypt, a symbol of richness and pride. ‘great monster,” sea dragon was symbolized Pharaoh, a symbol of arrogant and violence, which indicated the character of Pharaoh. The judgement against him was that God would catch and let his body become carrion. And all the land of Egypt would become desolate wasteland for forty years. Then they would know the Lord. (v.9).
When God restore Egypt, she would become a small, insignificant entity located in the far south, far away from the grandeur and power in the Nile delta region, to the point that Egypt would not become a temptation to Israel, and Israel would recognize their own failure to trust the Lord alone, and all nations would acknowledge the Lord, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (v.9)
Verse 17-21 is Ezekiel’s latest oracle against Egypt for the invasion of Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar on April 26, 571BC. “horn) (v.21) indicates strength, referring to the re-establishment of the Davidic line in Israel.
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?