- 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 32
This is the last chapter of oracle against Egypt, and the lament over Pharaoh, King of Egypt.
Ezekiel prophesized the fall of Egypt and her king. They used to be powerful and glorious over neighboring nations but they were dooming to its end. However, Egyptian gods could not save the king nor his people. Any nation, king, authority, or culture who would not recognize God cannot avoid the judgement of God.
This oracle was dated “in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month on the first day,” March 3, 585 BC. Though Pharaoh regarded himself as a lion, symbol of royal power, he was only a sea monster whom God would capture with a net. Because of his pride and arrogance, God would expose him on land for carrion. “The day of the Lord,” would be the time when God overcame all that opposed God. Along with Pharaoh’s fall, all Egyptians and land would become lifeless wasteland and there would lament over her chanting of mourning.
Ezekiel prophesized against Egypt describing her underworld nations with Elam, Meshech, Tubal, Tyre and Edom, which was the sign of dishonorable death. They were objects of God’s wrath.
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?