“Vengeance is a passion to get even. It is a hot desire to give back as much pain as someone gives you. The problem with revenge is that it never gets what it wants; it never evens the score. Fairness never comes. The chain reaction set off by every act of vengeance al … More
These four nations (Ammon, Moab, Edom & Philistia) were geographically closer and historically more intimately connected with direct and open hostility to Israel. The prophecies should probably be dated after the destruction of Jerusalem. These nations were a constant threat to Israel’s restoration. We can visualize the prophet as he stands imaginatively in the ruins of the city and makes a semicircle in his thrust of prophetic messages. Beginning with Ammon, he moves in a clockwise motion and finishes with the message against Philistia.
The Ammonites and Moabites were the descendants of the two sons of Lot by the incestuous relationship with his daughters (Gen. 19:30-38). Fellowship between them and Israel was strained for centuries. There were frequent conflicts and wars. Ezekiel is definite in specifying their actual sin. It was the destruction of the Temple when Jerusalem was sacked in 586 b.c. Edom was actually more closely kin to Israel than Moab or Ammon. The inhabitants were descendants of Esau, brother of Jacob. Herod the Great of New Testament days was an Edomite.
“Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.” I never want to be a person who tries to get even.
"Thus says the Lord GOD: Because Moab and Seir said, 'Behold, the house of Judah is like all the other nations,' therefore I will lay open the flank of Moab from the cities, from its cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim. I will give it along with the Ammonites to the people of the East as a possession, that the Ammonites may be remembered no more among the nations, and I will execute judgments upon Moab. Then they will know that I am the LORD. "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because Edom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended in taking vengeance on them, therefore thus says the Lord GOD, I will stretch out my hand against Edom and cut off from it man and beast. And I will make it desolate; from Teman even to Dedan they shall fall by the sword. And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they shall do in Edom according to my anger and according to my wrath, and they shall know my vengeance, declares the Lord GOD. "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the Philistines acted revengefully and took vengeance with malice of soul to destroy in never-ending enmity, therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites and destroy the rest of the seacoast. I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon them."
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Ezekiel 22:1-16Sins of Jerusalem
Ezekiel 22:17-22Israel in the Furnace
Ezekiel 22:23-31Israel’s Wicked Leaders
Ezekiel 23:1-21Two Harlot Sisters
Ezekiel 23:22-35Judgment on Jerusalem
Ezekiel 23:36-49Both Sisters Judged
Ezekiel 24:1-14Symbol of the Cooking Pot
Ezekiel 24:15-27The Prophet’s Wife Dies
Ezekiel 25:1-7Proclamation Against Ammon
Ezekiel 25:8-17Proclamation Against Israel’s Enemies
Ezekiel 26:1-14Proclamation Against Tyre
Ezekiel 26:15-21The Effect of Tyre’s Destruction
Ezekiel 27:1-36Lamentation for Tyre
Ezekiel 28:1-10Lamentation Against the King of Tyre
Ezekiel 28:11-26Proclamation Against Sidon