Ezekiel 32: 28-32
Yes, you shall be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised,
And lie with those slain by the sword.
29 “There is Edom,
Her kings and all her princes,
Who despite their might
Are laid beside those slain by the sword;
They shall lie with the uncircumcised,
And with those who go down to the Pit.
30 There are the princes of the north,
All of them, and all the Sidonians,
Who have gone down with the slain
In shame at the terror which they caused by their might;
They lie uncircumcised with those slain by the sword,
And bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.
31 “Pharaoh will see them
And be comforted over all his multitude,
Pharaoh and all his army,
Slain by the sword,”
Says the Lord GOD.
32 “For I have caused My terror in the land of the living;
And he shall be placed in the midst of the uncircumcised
With those slain by the sword,
Pharaoh and all his multitude,”
Says the Lord GOD.
The past three days of reading from chapter 32 in Ezekiel are driving home the impression that there’s a lot of company in the place of judgment. The reference to those who lie with the uncircumcised is seen as a reference to all who maintain their position outside the company of believers.
“…They shall lie with the uncircumcised,
And with those who go down to the Pit….”
Circumcision was a sign given to confirm the contract, or covenant, between God and humanity. A contract that said God would provide, protect and perpetuate his people in return for their allegiance.
“…Genesis 17:7-10 “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This [is] My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised;…”
When they turn away from God it is seen as breaking the covenant and God continues to offer the privilege of a relationship with him but the second party has chosen to reject it. At that point they face judgment. They are no longer privileged to receive redemption from the consequences of sin. Uncircumcised is used in the new testament to identify those who reject Christ, they are outside the circle of believers, it is the circumcision of the heart that identifies us as heirs with Christ of God’s redemption and relationship.
“…Romans 2:29 but [he is] a Jew who [is one] inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise [is] not from men but from God….”
There is no hope for the uncircumcised of the heart. There is no hope for those who refuse the existence and provision of their Creator.
On another note, a sword is a type of knife and it is used here to kill and destroy. Each nation fell in layers of time one upon the other as they refused to honor the God who created them.
“… “There is Edom…There are the princes of the north, All of them, and all the Sidonians,…There [is] Elam and all her multitude,…There [is] Elam and all her multitude,…Assyria [is] there, and all her company,…Pharaoh and all his multitude,”…”
Today the knife is used to kill and maim the innocent; we are fast approaching the point where more are killed through abortion than the number of those who fall and have fallen by war.
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/17/12 6:44 PM: the Roe v. Wade decision that has resulted in more than 55 million abortions. According to Guttmacher Institute: From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions occurred. (Note the statistics stop at 2008) http://www.lifenews.com/2012/04/17/mitt-romney-repeats-call-for-overturning-roe-v-wade/
Military deaths: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war Less than 55 million.
Will our nation escape the judgment these nations suffered? It is hard to look at the numbers of innocent babies, the amount of innocent blood that is shed daily in our land. We have the options and tools of prayer, voice and for a time, government to change that. Will we commit to action or find ourselves caught up in the coming judgment of a God who says “Enough!”? We have a personal promise of redemption but we live among the dead walking. Let us join others in prayer for our nation’s sin. If my people…
“…2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land….”
Are we called by his name? Will we humble ourselves and pray? Will we seek His face? Will we turn from our wicked ways? Then He will hear and will forgive and will heal. We are in the 40 days to the election, we are in 40 years of killing the unborn child; 55 million + abortions. Can we spend 40 days “in our wilderness” fasting, praying, whatever the Lord leads us to do? Can we corporately band together in unity to seek the face of God for healing in our land?