“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your doings your sins appear—because you have come to remembrance, you shall be taken in hand.
“Remove the turban, and take off the crown;
Nothing shall remain the same.
Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted.
27 Overthrown, overthrown,
I will make it overthrown!
It shall be no longer,
Until He comes whose right it is,
And I will give it to Him.” ’
A Sword Against the Ammonites
28 “And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites and concerning their reproach,’ and say:
‘A sword, a sword is drawn,
Polished for slaughter,
For consuming, for flashing—
29 While they see false visions for you,
While they divine a lie to you,
To bring you on the necks of the wicked, the slain
Whose day has come,
Whose iniquity shall end.
30 ‘Return it to its sheath.
I will judge you
In the place where you were created,
In the land of your nativity.
31 I will pour out My indignation on you;
I will blow against you with the fire of My wrath,
And deliver you into the hands of brutal men who are skillful to destroy.
32 You shall be fuel for the fire;
Your blood shall be in the midst of the land.
You shall not be remembered,
For I the LORD have spoken.’ ”
Isn’t it amazing? The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel and he shared what he was given, he did what he was told, he was obedient and history tells us it came to pass. In this passage we see the words used by Jesus centuries later. We are reminded that Jesus said he only speaks what he hears the Father say, the words given to him by the Father. The words refer to he who is last shall be first, he who is least shall be greatest.
“…Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Luke 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”…”
Human nature has a competitive streak. That attribute hinders true humility for what is competition but the drive to do and be better than someone else?
Is there a word to us today? Judgment came because of insults against the Lord and his people. Should we be ever mindful of how we treat one another? Also we are reminded often to prefer one another – that would be the opposite of competition. The Christian world appears to be in competition with one another rather than uniting and following the Lord’s lead to work together for the kingdom of God. If we are busy about our Father’s business, as Jesus said, we don’t have time to judge or insult one another. If we are about caring for one another, building one another up in the faith we won’t be competing, dragging one another down. The Lord brought judgment against the prince of Israel and then also against the people of Ammon. No one is exempt from the consequences of their actions. One for a haughty and prideful nature and the other for disrespecting God and his people. We will not be found guilty of either if we are acting in love toward one another as Christ commanded. That love comes from him; we receive it when we receive him. It is done.