November 16, Reading 2 – Ezekiel 32

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SAA Notes

Notice that Ezekiel as Son of Man speaks the Word of God! Jesus takes this title as special to Himself! World history is not driven by blind forces, but by the will and decree of God. He will overcome the darkness in the nations – here Egypt, Assyria, Elam, Edom and Sidon.

SJA Notes

There’s a little symmetry here across the span of time.

“Pharaoh and all his multitude, …”

In Exodus 14 we read, “… Of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained.”

Here the tool has changed (the sword instead of rushing waters), but there is similarity in purpose.

In Psalm 138 we read, “For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.”

And both James and Peter remind us that, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

When people raise themselves in pride against God HE WILL OPPOSE THEM!

Better by far to be humble and contrite, as Isaiah speaks God’s word to us, “But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”

There we go. Humility. Broken hearts. Reverence for God’s word.

* Father God,

Please help us, for we cannot help ourselves.

We are prone to pride. Please humble us!

We are stubborn and selfish. Please break our hearts!

We are tempted to treat Your word with contempt. Please put within us a holy fear and reverence for You and Your words!

Amen.

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