Ezekiel 24-27: Don’t Mess With God’s People

Ezekiel 25-27 chronicle God’s judgment against many of the nations who were enemies of Israel. One such nation was Ammon, where the Ammonites come from. The Ammonites did not have much to do with the overthrow and exile of Israel, but they did rejoice over their downfall. Essentially, they were like the friends of a bully. They were the ones who stood around and watched while their big mean friend picked on the outcast.

God does not have patience for this sort of attitude, especially when the ones getting picked on are the people of God. Ezekiel 25:1-7 says:

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them. 3 Say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Because you said, ‘Aha!’ over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when they went into exile, 4 therefore behold, I am handing you over to the people of the East for a possession, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings in your midst. They shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. 5 I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and Ammon a fold for flocks. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 6 For thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel, 7 therefore, behold, I have stretched out my hand against you, and will hand you over as plunder to the nations. And I will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

There is little mercy for those who gloat over the pain of God’s people, and in the case of the Ammonites, there is no mercy. They will be destroyed for their sinful ways, and then, they will see God for who He really is.

God loves His people, they are His. He made a covenant with them. He bought them with His own blood. He calls them His bride. And God will not have anyone messing with His bride.

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