Pride Before Destruction
by Cindie York
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Ezekiel 31: 2-5 "Son of man, give this message to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and all his hordes: "To whom would you compare your greatness? You are like mighty Assyria, which was once like a cedar of Lebanon, with beautiful branches that cast deep forest shade and with its top high among the clouds. Deep springs watered it and helped it to grow tall and luxuriant. The water flowed around it like a river, streaming to all the trees nearby. This great tree towered high, higher than all the other trees around it. It prospered and grew long thick branches because of the water at its roots.
Ezekiel 31:6-9 continue to explain the tree's beauty and strength.
Ezekiel 31:10-11 "Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because Egypt became proud and arrogant, and because it set itself so high above the others, with its top reaching to the clouds, I will hand it over to a mighty nation that will destroy it as its wickedness deserves. I have already discarded it.
Because Egypt became so highly exalted… with pride and arrogance, the Lord allowed it to be destroyed as its wickedness deserved. Whoa!
Ezekiel 31:14 Let the tree of no other nation proudly exult in its own prosperity, though it be higher than the clouds and it be watered from the depths. For all are doomed to die, to go down to the depths of the earth. They will land in the pit along with everyone else on earth.
Ezekiel 31:16-17 I made the nations shake with fear at the sound of its fall, for I sent it down to the grave with all the others who descend to the pit. And all the other proud trees of Eden, the most beautiful and the best of Lebanon, the ones whose roots went deep into the water, took comfort to find it there with them in the depths of the earth. Its allies, too, were all destroyed and had passed away. They had gone down to the grave-all those nations that lived in its shade.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:5 (NLT) The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished.
In Ezekiel 16:18, Egypt is told that despite their strength and glory, they will be brought low, knocked off their high horse (so to speak), and they will become like as outcasts.
Ezekiel 32 Is the warning of Egypt’s leader. Egypt is given warning of the coming destruction.
Ezekiel 32:10 Yes, I will shock many lands, and their kings will be terrified at your fate. They will shudder in fear for their lives as I brandish my sword before them on the day of your fall.
Egypt, like the other nations mentioned in chapter 32, were once powerful but was cast down, shamed, and slaughtered by the sword. It states that Egypt will be dragged away to their judgment.
Now to Ezekiel 33: The “watchman” came to warn the people of Israel to repent or they too would fall. They were not above the wrath and judgment of the Lord God. Just because they were favored, they too would face the same judge regardless of who they were. Sin would not be tolerated.
Ezekiel 33:11 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn! From your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?
This reminds me of Ezekiel 18, To turn back and live!
Ezekiel 33:12-14 “Son of man, give your people this message: The righteous behavior of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the wicked behavior of wicked people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins. When I tell righteous people that they will live, but then they sin, expecting their past righteousness to save them, then none of their righteous acts will be remembered. I will destroy them for their sins. And suppose I tell some wicked people that they will surely die, but then they turn from their sins and do what is just and right. Verse 16, None of their past sins will be brought up again, for they have done what is just and right, and they will surely live.
Ezekiel 33:18-19 For again I say, when righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and turn to evil, they will die. But if the wicked people turn from their wickedness and do what is just and right, they will live.
Ezekiel 33:23-26 speaks of Judah’s remnant living among the ruined cities who are worried about possession and personal profit not seeking repentance and in verse 26 are called Murderers! Idolaters! and Adulterers!
Ezekiel 33:28-29 I will completely destroy the land and demolish her pride. Her arrogant power will come to an end. The mountains of Israel will be so desolate that no one will even travel through them. When I have completely destroyed the land because of their detestable sins, then they will know that I am the Lord’
Ezekiel 33:30-33 “ Son of man, your people talk about you in their houses and whisper about you at the doors. They say to each other, ‘Come on, let’s go hear the prophet tell us what the Lord is saying!’ So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money. You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings love songs with a beautiful voice or plays fine music on an instrument. They hear what you say, but they don’t act on it! But when all these terrible things happen to them- as they certainly will-then they will know a prophet has been among them.”
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