- 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 30
A lament for Egypt.
Chapter 30 describes the misery of Egypt. Ezekiel prophesized a lamentation over Egypt on the day of Egypt’s fall.
“The day of the Lord,” (v.3) since the time of prophet Amos was God’s judgement day. Egypt and her allies would fall apart under the power of God for her wealth and arrogance. The effects of God’s judgment reached as far as Cush (Ethiopia), including other northern African lands.
Ezekiel combined images of fire and sword in the punishments and proclaimed that fire would follow the sword upon the various cities and on cultural, political, and religious centers in Egypt.
“In the twenty-seventh year, in the first month on the first day,” (v17) dated to April 587 BC, refer to the defeat of Egyptian king Hophra by the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar after Hophra attempted to intervene in the siege of Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar had broken one arm of Hophra the year before, and next time he will break both arms (v.22). Ezekiel predicted that the final defeat of Egyptian forces would come.
“Then they will know that I am the Lord,” was prophesied repeatedly four times after each punishment. It indicates why God send punishment upon Egypt.
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?