Deliver us from evil…

Ezekiel 30:1-12

1 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“Wail, ‘Woe to the day!’

3 ​​For the day is near,

​​Even the day of the LORD is near;

​​It will be a day of clouds, the time of the Gentiles.

4 ​​The sword shall come upon Egypt,

​​And great anguish shall be in Ethiopia,

​​When the slain fall in Egypt,

​​And they take away her wealth,

​​And her foundations are broken down.

5 “Ethiopia, Libya, [fn1] Lydia, [fn2] all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword.”

6 ‘Thus says the LORD:

​​“Those who uphold Egypt shall fall,

​​And the pride of her power shall come down.

​​From Migdol to Syene

​​Those within her shall fall by the sword,”

​​Says the Lord GOD.

7 ​​“They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries,

​​And her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste.

8 ​​Then they will know that I am the LORD,

​​When I have set a fire in Egypt

​​And all her helpers are destroyed.

9 ​​On that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships

​​To make the careless Ethiopians afraid,

​​And great anguish shall come upon them,

​​As on the day of Egypt;

​​For indeed it is coming!”

10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

​​“I will also make a multitude of Egypt to cease

​​By the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

11 ​​He and his people with him, the most terrible of the nations,

​​Shall be brought to destroy the land;

​​They shall draw their swords against Egypt,

​​And fill the land with the slain.

12 ​​I will make the rivers dry,

​​And sell the land into the hand of the wicked;

​​I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,

​​By the hand of aliens.

​​I, the LORD, have spoken.”

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A king is used , with his army, to destroy a proud nation.  The forces of nature are brought into the mix and used to exact judgment and lay waste a land that is denying God.

“…I will make the rivers dry,

​​And sell the land into the hand of the wicked;

​​I will make the land waste, and all that is in it,

​​By the hand of aliens….”

God, the master of all, will not tolerate evil in his land.  He gives warning, he is longsuffering, he provides mercy, but he is just.  His word is yes and amen.  We are becoming as this nation; becoming prideful, full of ourselves and confident in our own strength and abilities; becoming  lax in living a righteous life because of his longsuffering, thinking he is not concerned with whether we are living right or not; becoming  involved in denying his existence and His part in our growth and development, and so, we too, will suffer the penalty of sin.  Judgment will fall here.  Let us not give up the work of God and continue to combat the evil in our land.  We can be a force, one-at-a-time, a voice for Him, strong in His power.  As we  pray

…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for  yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, amen.

let us determine individually to be a light in a dark world.  Let us live daily as a people who truly love Him and worship Him.  Let us be sure to give Him all the credit and worship.  And in so doing those who cross our paths will see the difference, will take note and may desire the light instead of the darkness.


2 thoughts on “Deliver us from evil…

  1. Thank goodness you are back, I have been so worried about you! I pray all is well with you Gracie. Your comment on this post is so “thought provoking.” “Let us be light in a dark world.” That is where the challenge comes in for us, doesn’t it? Sometimes I fail at this, and fall into the “darkness” of this world. At times it seems there is so much evil, there is no coming out of it. Then I think, “God has never let evil continue on and on, without giving His justice for it, and in doing so, protected His own.” In that I find comfort and am able to continue. Good post and God Bless, SR

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