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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for Sep 4, Eze 28-30

Today's readings are Eze 28-30. Tomorrow's are Eze 31-33. 

The king of Tyre is singled out. His pride will lead to his spectacular downfall. He represents those who would lead godly people down the wrong path, causing them to focus on the wrong things and helping them to become prideful.

In Eze 29 & 30, severe judgment is levied upon Egypt and Pharaoh, Pharaoh would suffer an ignoble fate for his pride (notice a pattern here?). Nebuchadnezzar would carry away the riches of Egypt and send its people into exile, demonstrating God's sovereign authority over all nations.  

Here are some of the cities named in this passage, Migdol and Syrene. Cush (Ethiopia) would be a bit further south:

Notice that God consistently purges pride and worldly focus from His people. His intention is never to punish them, but to refine them, to turn them away from trying to please themselves and toward trying to please Him. This is not a selfish act on God's behalf, but a way of revealing His glory. When His people work to reveal His glory, they get caught up in being vessels of God's glory. There can be no greater blessing in all creation than to be radiant vessels of the glory of God. If we can embrace this idea, then we will understand that God's intention is to draw us closer to Him and use  us in a spectacular way. 

Working for God's glory rather than out own is our insurance that we don't end up like the King of Tyre and Pharaoh. 

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