Egypt and Her Allies Will Fail

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Power

Because Egypt was an international power, her fate affected the entire world. Thus God’s activity concerning her constitutes a great intervention in history. Ezekiel calls it a “day of the Lord."Unlike Ezekiel’s other prophecies against Egypt, he did not date this one, which stressed Babylon’s judgment on Egypt and her allies (vv. 1-5). It has four sections, each beginning with This is what the “Lord” (or Sovereign Lord) says (vv. 2, 6, 10, 13).Both Israel and Judah experienced a “day” of God’s judgment when they were punished for their sins (Ezek. 7:1-14, esp. vv. 7, 10, 12). Now God’s “day” of judgment would extend to Egypt, who would be defeated by Babylon (30:10-12). Ezekiel continued to discuss the defeat of Egypt’s mercenary allies within Egypt’s borders (vv. 6-9).

The news of Egypt’s destruction would spread rapidly, causing panic among her allies. Messengers would travel in ships up the Nile River to Cush to announce Egypt’s defeat. The news would cause panic in Cush because they, having sided with Egypt against Babylon, would now be vulnerable to attack. The third section of this prophecy again zeroed in on the means of destruction against the hordes of Egypt (vv. 10-12). Egypt’s destruction would come by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar (29:17-21). God selected Babylon, the most ruthless of nations, to accomplish His judgment (vv. 10-11). Babylon treated her captives cruelly. After King Zedekiah of Judah rebelled, Nebuchadnezzar forced him to watch soldiers kill all his sons. Then Zedekiah’s eyes were put out so the last thing he ever saw was his sons’ deaths (2 Kings 25:7). Ezekiel said that Babylon, after defeating Judah, would turn her cruel war machine against Egypt, killing the Egyptians with swords (v. 4).

In this fourth section of the prophecy Ezekiel enumerated the many places in Egypt that would be destroyed (vv. 13-19). Major cities would be destroyed, and people in the villages would be taken into captivity. Ezekiel’s fourth prophesy against Egypt was after the Babylonians defeated Egypt.

Application

God allows nations to rise to power in order to accomplish His purpose. I must remember that God is sovereign and in charge of everything, even those who have rule over us.

Ezekiel 30:1-26 (English Standard Version)

The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: "Wail, 'Alas for the day!' For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. A sword shall come upon Egypt, and anguish shall be in Cush, when the slain fall in Egypt, and her wealth is carried away, and her foundations are torn down. Cush, and Put, and Lud, and all Arabia, and Libya, and the people of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword. "Thus says the LORD: Those who support Egypt shall fall, and her proud might shall come down; from Migdol to Syene they shall fall within her by the sword, declares the Lord GOD. And they shall be desolated in the midst of desolated countries, and their cities shall be in the midst of cities that are laid waste. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have set fire to Egypt, and all her helpers are broken. "On that day messengers shall go out from me in ships to terrify the unsuspecting people of Cush, and anguish shall come upon them on the day of Egypt's doom; for, behold, it comes! "Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will put an end to the wealth of Egypt, by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. He and his people with him, the most ruthless of nations, shall be brought in to destroy the land, and they shall draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain. And I will dry up the Nile and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it, by the hand of foreigners; I am the LORD; I have spoken. "Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis; there shall no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt; so I will put fear in the land of Egypt. I will make Pathros a desolation and will set fire to Zoan and will execute judgments on Thebes. And I will pour out my wrath on Pelusium, the stronghold of Egypt, and cut off the multitude of Thebes. And I will set fire to Egypt; Pelusium shall be in great agony; Thebes shall be breached, and Memphis shall face enemies by day. The young men of On and of Pi-beseth shall fall by the sword, and the women shall go into captivity. At Tehaphnehes the day shall be dark, when I break there the yoke bars of Egypt, and her proud might shall come to an end in her; she shall be covered by a cloud, and her daughters shall go into captivity. Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt. Then they will know that I am the LORD." In the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and behold, it has not been bound up, to heal it by binding it with a bandage, so that it may become strong to wield the sword. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt and will break his arms, both the strong arm and the one that was broken, and I will make the sword fall from his hand. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them through the countries. And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan before him like a man mortally wounded. I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh shall fall. Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt. And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

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