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Episode 601 · 2 months ago

A Word for Egypt Part 1

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Ezekiel 29-30:19

Our heavenly father. We do thank you that you and keep your promises to us and that your steadfast love is steadfast, that you bring us into a salvation according to your promise, and in that salvation we find great strength, we find your love for us, we find your word in our mouths, mind's change, hearts changed, a hope on that is according to your word. And as we meditate on these things and as we consider the things that you say in are in your word, we come to buy your grace, a better a better understanding and trust in you. We asked that you would do that for us this evening, as we come to your word and Ezekiel, help us to remember your strength and your supremacy in all things, the salvation that we have in King Jesus. We pray this in his name. Amen. But if you're able to remain standing, please do and let's turn our attention to Ezekiel, chapter twenty nine. Ezekiel Chapter Twenty Nine, beginning of verse one, and I'll read through thirty verse nineteen. So, Ezekiel Chapter Twenty Nine, verse one through Thirty Nineteen. The Lord has has been giving oracles against through his equal against various neighbors of Israel. He comes now to Egypt, which completes this cycle on this last one is actually comprised of seven different sections. I'm we're going to cover the first three of those tonight. You'll find similarities, perhaps, if you're looking for them, between this and the Oracle against tire that we considered a little bit a go. Let's hear God's Word Now, Ezekiel, twenty nine, in the tenth year and the ten month, on the twelve day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, son of man, set your face against Pharaoh, King of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt. Speak and say, thus says the Lord, God behold, I am against you, Pharaoh, King of Egypt, the Great Dragon that lies in the midst of his streams. That says, my Nile is my own, I made it for myself. I will put hooks in your jaws and make the fish of your streams stick to your scales, and I will draw you up out of the midst of your streams with all the fish of your streams that stick to your scales, and I will cast you out into the Wilderness, you and all the fish of your streams and you shall fall on the open field...

...and not be brought together or gathered to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the heavens. I give you as food. Then all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord, because you have been a staff of excuse me, because you have been a staff of read to the House of Israel. When they grasped you with the hand, you broken tore all their shoulders, and when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins to shake. Therefore, thus says the Lord God, behold, I will bring a sword upon you and will cut off from you man and beast, and the land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste. Then they will know that I am the Lord, because you said the Nile is mine and I made it. Therefore, behold, I am against you and against your streams, and I will make the land of Egypt and utter waste and desolation. From migdol to Syene, as far as the border of Cush, no foot of man shall pass through it and no foot of beast shall pass through it. It shall be uninhabited forty years, and I will make the land of Egypt desolation in the midst of a desolated countries, of desolated countries, and her cities shall be a desolation. Forty years, among cities that are laid waste. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them through the countries, for thus says the Lord God. At the end of forty years, I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples among whom they were scattered and I will restore the fortunes of Egypt and bring them back to the land of Pathros, the land of their origin, and there they shall be a lowly kingdom. It shall be the most lowly of the Kingdoms and never again exalt itself above the nations. And I will make them so small that they will never again rule over the nations, and it shall never again be the reliance of the House of Israel recalling their iniquity when they would return to them for aid. Then they will know that I am the Lord God. In the twenty seventh year and the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, son of Man Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon made his army labor hard against tire. Every head was made bald and every shoulder rub is rubbed bare. Yet neither he nor his army got anything from tire to pay for the Labor that he had performed against her. Therefore, thus, as the Lord God behold, I will give the land of Egypt and Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and he shall carry off its wealth and despoil it and plunder it, and it shall be the wages for his army. I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment, for which he labored, because they worked for me, declares the Lord God. On that day, I will cause a horn to spring up for the House of Israel and I will open your lips...

...among them. Then they will know that I am the Lord. The word of the Lord came to me, son of man, prophesy and say. Thus says the Lord God. Wail Alas, for the day. The day is near, the day of the Lord is near. It will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nation's a sword shall come upon Egypt and anguish shall be in cush when the slain fall in Egypt, and her wealth is carried away and her foundations are torn down. Cush and put and blood and all Arabia and Libya and the people of the land that is in League shall fall with them by the sword, thus says the Lord those who support Egypt shall fall, and her proud might shall come down from migdols to Siyheene. They shall fall within her by the sword, declares the Lord God. They shall be desolated in the midst of the desolated countries, and their cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid bare. Then they will know that I am the Lord when I have set fire to Egypt and all her helpers are broken. On that day, messengers shall go out from me in ships to terrify the unsuspecting be people of Cush and anguish shall come upon them on the day of Egypt's doom, for behold it comes. Thus says the Lord God, I will put an end to the wealth of Egypt by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. He and his people with him, the most ruthless of nations, shall be brought in to destroy the land, and they shall daw draw their swords against Egypt and fill the land with the slain. And I will dry up the Nile and I will sell the land into the hand of evildoers. I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it by the hand of foreigners. I am the Lord. I Have Spoken, thus says the Lord God. I will destroy the idols, I will put an end to the images in Memphis. There shall no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt. So I will put fear in the land of Egypt. I will make pathross a desolation. I will set fire to zoon and will execute judgments on Thebes. I will pour out my wrath on Pellucium, the stronghold of Egypt. I will cut off the multitude of theves and I will set fire to Egypt. PELLUCIUM shall be in great agony, themes shall be repro or shall be breached and Memphis shall face enemies by day. The young men of on and of Pie beshef shall fall by the sword and the women shall go into captivity at Tea Paus the the day shall be dark when I break there. The yoke bars of Egypt and her proud might shall come to an end. In her, she shall be covered by a cloud and her daughter shall go into captivity. Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt. Then they will know that I am...

...the Lord, maybe seated well. This passage we see several sections. We came to three of them. The first is in twenty nine one through sixteen, the second is seventeen through twenty one, and the third is thirty one through nineteen. There are four more after these for a complete seven, a number often signifying completion in the scriptures. These seven oracles hold together and bring Pharaoh and the people of Egypt under the wrath of God. And in this prophecy we see the strength of our Lord. We see his supremacy in all creation, his supremacy in Providence, his authority over every kingdom, over every power and over every false god. It's a judgment in which Egypt is prophesied against and a reminder to Israel and to us to trust only in the Lord, to trust only in the Lord, to not trust ourselves, to not trust others, but all and always look to God, our King, who has, of course, in these last times, revealed himself through his son, this Messiah, this anointed one, who is promised from the very beginning, one who has promised to conquer, to crush the head of the serpent and to be the true image bear of God. This king, are King Jesus, has crushed the Great Dragon, the Great Monster. He has crushed Satan himself. He has brought all of Satan's pride and boasting to nothing, and one day all the nations and all the peoples of the world will give Jesus the praise that is due his name and a Zeke. He'll prophesies of these things, both against Egypt now and in the things to come. We hear are the strength of the Lord God as he subdues Egypt and also, hopefully, our own hearts. So let's begin with a short exposition of these three oracles. Well, I'm just a quick explanation and reminder of what we just heard. So First, God speaks to us and versus one through sixteen. You remember when the prophecy came against tire and against her king, that...

...city was compared to a boat. You might remember I mentioned the titanic as a possible close analogy, this great boat, which symbolize their her power on her wealth, her influence and her pride. is she goes and sails out onto the waters, undefeatable, unsinkable, and then, of course, sunk. Tire was brought low. And in a similar way, I'm God speaks to Egypt. I'm in her king in particular, the King of Egypt, like the king of tire, was trusting in his wealth, his power, and he styles himself even as the king of tire did and as Nebuchadnezzar does and as many great kings do, after God himself. Verse Twenty Nine, verse two, or rather three, says God says, behold, I am against you, Pharaoh, King of Egypt, the Great Dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, this dragon that says, my Nile is my own, I made it for myself. But who made the Nile? Not Pharaoh. Pharaoh is no God to Pharaoh is not able to control the waters, he's not able to give the land it's prosperity. Only God. Yeah, way, King of Israel does these things. This, of course, was made very plain on all kinds of ways, but we remember particularly when God set his people free out of Egypt on a long time ago. Pharaoh said he would not obey the Lord, he would not let God's people go, and God came against him and came against him hard, proving himself victorious over Pharaoh and over all the false gods that were there. Bringing plague after plague upon Egypt. God showed that he alone was creator of Heaven and earth and not the false gods, most of all Pharaoh himself, taking Pharaoh's own son, bringing death into Pharaoh's own household and eventually pharaoh's life as well. As he and is supposedly great army is drowned in the sea. Is God rescued his people? Here Pharaoh is again another Pharaoh, having seemingly learn learned nothing of God of Yahwey. Pharaoh here is described as a great dragon, or perhaps a crocodile, a monster living in the Nile, this great creature,...

...he that sees it itself as the true ruler of this land. The Nile, of course, kind of like the waters and the sea. Trade for tie or the Nile was Egypt prosperity right during the Roman Empire and in other times and places, Egypt was this breadbasket of the world. They produced all kinds of resources, I'm not only for themselves but for other places as well. The Nile is it flooded and provided a very fertile land. It's been for a very long time the wealth and and and hope of Egypt, and so that's why the Nile here is seen as the strength of Pharaoh. He says it is my own, I made it for myself. Well, this boast of being God and creator of the source of prosperity for this land is a false boast, because God alone is, of course the creator. And so he says, I will put hooks in your jaws and make the fish of your streams, referring to other nations that put their hope in Egypt. I'll make the fish of your stream stick to your scales. I'll draw out this huge beast out of the Nile and I'll put you out in the wasteland and the desert and the Wilderness, where the birds and the beasts will feed upon you. No burial, no great mummification, no placement in the the treasuries and in the holy places in Egypt. No, just exposed an open, ashamed and dishonored as the beasts of the earth and the birds of the heaven just eat her up as food. God will simply pull out the great monster the Great Dragon out of the Nile and will bring her, bring him and this country to an end. Why? What is the reasoning behind this? God says in verses six and seven. Why he compares Egypt to a failed staff. I've had the unfortunate opportunity of sitting in a broken chair a few times in my life or seeing somebody said in a broken share or lean on something that proved not to be reliable, and it's it's quite a dramatic scene, right. It's often scary and sometimes brings injury. If you if you sit down into a chair where the leg is broken, their back or it's the ground isn't stable and you just fall backwards right in, your heart rate goes up and everything goes goes wrong. It's it's kind of a similar image here. Each is compared to a staff, a staff of read,...

...not a strong staff, not a powerful staff, not a staff that rules and a staff that is trustworthy can be depended upon, but a read that breaks. Israel trusts in Egypt. Israel looks at Egypt and her wealth and her chariots and her power and says, Oh, we can trust Israel, she can be our salvation, that king will save us from Nebuchadnezzar or whomever. It depends different times and different places. And instead of trusting in the Lord, she trusts Israel, trusts in Egypt. But Egypt is a daff of read. And what happens? It breaks. You broke, God says, to Egypt, and tore their shoulders, break and make their loins to shake. Egypt was not dependable. Egypt, and all her boasting says, rely on us, depend on us, give tribute to us, be our vassal, and Israel obliged, and Israel fell into ruin because of it. Egypt was, in some ways a false God for Israel herself. And therefore, Verse Eight, thus says the Lord, God, behold, I will bring sword upon you and I will cut you off, cut off from you, man and beast. The land of Egypt shall be a desolation and waste. Then they will know that I am the Lord, because you said the Nihil is mine and I made it so. God will bring them low. He does talk later about bringing them back, and there's language there that, if you've been going through this book with with me, you go ah, I know this language about scattering out and bringing them back. That sounds very familiar things that God has promised to Israel, but it ends up twisting and being different than we've heard before. Instead of bringing back the people into a country and re establishing them and securing them in gun under God's grace, it says I will bring them back into the land of their origin, and then in verse fourteen, it says and they shall be a lowly kingdom. The contrast is to help us to see God's continued favor on Israel, help us to see a God that God and his covenant promises for them. Are Sure God's not going to bring back Israel so that she can rise again and you once again rule the nations? Know he will bring them back so that they will never again exalt themselves above the nation's never again will they rule like they had in the next expisode or in the next oracle and versus seventeen through twenty one. God. Then he speaks particularly of why this is happening.

Another reason, I guess, he gives for why this is happening, and the reason he gives that as Nebuchadnezzar, as God prophets, as God spoke through his equal in this prophecy, nebuchadnezzar was to come against tire. You remember, that was going to stripper bear down to the Rock, so there was absolutely nothing left. Well, this is exactly what Nebuchadnezzar did. Thirteen years and from five hundred and eighty six to five hundred and seventy three BC, nebuchadnezzar raged against tire and was successful. However, God says that the work didn't produce much results for Nebuchadnezzar and for the people of Babylon. All of that work, all of that war, all of that conquering was relatively fruitless. And God, and so God says that the land of Egypt will be given to Nebuchadnezzar, will be given to Babylon, and he will carry off this is verse nineteen its wealth, to spoil it and plunder it, and it shall be the wages for his army. There's all kinds of really important lessons in this. One is, of course, the supremacy of God over nation's God. Nebuchadnezzar seems, and he will think in due time, that he is the one who is in control, that he is the one who is powerful, but know he is simply a worker on behalf of the Lord. This is what wages imply right. God gives him his wages because God is his employer. God is the sovereign one here, not Nebuchadnezzar, as strong as he may be, conquering this kingdom and that kingdom. Ultimately, it is God who pays him and does so according to his work. It is a reminder to Egypt, it is a reminder to Babylon, it is a remindered Israel and a reminder to us that God alone is king. And then we come, finally, to the third Oracle, Chapter Thirty, verses one through nineteen, and in some ways it's a repetition of the first oracle, but it comes in the form of a of a lament, and some more specificity is given as well. So, for example, the fish of the streams are named, in verse five, Cush and put Lud and all of Arabia and Libya and the people of the land that is in league. They shall fall with them by the sword, these fish that have a trusted in the Nile, that have trusted in the one who styled himself as God. They will all fall with him. Egypt, her rulers and her gods as well. M He will put God, the True God, will...

...put an end to Egypt and, as he says in verse thirteen, I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis. There shall no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt. So I will put fear into the land of Egypt. God removes the King and puts in fear, fear of him, so that they might see that he alone is the one true God, he alone is king, and not only so that is our Egypt would see these things, but so that Israel would as well. So what do we learn from these passages? What is Jesus? What does King Jesus want us to know as we live our lives out in him? One thing is that no power in the world should be depended upon or feared more than him. None. God speaks to us in his strength, doesn't he? He speaks to you and his power. He speaks to you in his supreme ability to move armies, remove kings, set up, take down, do whatever he wants to do, according to his wisdom, according to his justice. Despite Egypt's apparent it power, wealth boasting abundance and security. None of it will save them, none of it will save the king, and we must take this and apply this to our own lives. What do you place your trust in? What do you place your strengthen and your identity, and that's other than King Jesus? Do you find your safety in your security, in your obedience, in your family history? You find it in your marriage or your kids? Do you look for strength and security in your knowledge or your work, or maybe your ability to hide and deceive and keep things from people? Where do you find your safety and where do you find your strengthen know that if it is anything other than in the Lord Jesus, it will fall, it will fail. The Lord can tear up, remove and pull out with hooks all that he desires and he sees everything. He sees on can move great armies, he can move nations to accomplish his will. Though someone see though, someone can say that he is a God, and it would seem that he may be given all his strength, he...

...is nothing compared to the Lord. Nothing. We have to always, always keep this in mind, that God alone is King, God alone is strong, he alone is supreme. Why does Jesus want us to know these things so that we can put all of our faith and hope and in so that we would let go of our idols, so that we could let go of our false pretenses, so that we can let go of our hiding and simply trust ourselves to him. When we read passages like this, it forces us is ask this question. Who are you going to trust? Are you going to trust the one who is strong, the one who is supreme, the one who from does all that he says he will do, the one who has promised to be steadfast in his love for Israel, or will you trust the things of this world? We can't trust the things of this world. They fall apart. It's like building our house on sand. It just falls right through. It's like trusting a staff that just breaks on us. It all might, you could cover it and gold and fancy pictures and all kinds of things, but when it breaks, breaks and it can ruin us. But would we hear the Lord and his strength, when we hear his going out before his people and for his people to show us and to show the world that he alone is God in the stories and the songs and the laments and the prophecies and all that is here, God is saying these things to you to impress it on your heart who he is, so that you can look out at this world and fear nothing. Poverty, HAH, death, no problem, sickness, loneliness, despair, things that get into our minds and our hearts that bring us much trouble, troubles and our bodies, troubles and our societies. It doesn't matter when we compare it to the strength of our king. Jesus wants us to know who he is so that we would trust him, so that we would trust him above all things. The Lord brought all these things to pass and more. The Lord eventually did come, that Great Messiah King, and he proved himself to be a king worth following. The Lord Jesus and his defeat over death itself, when he rose victorious out of the Tomb and then a rose into the heavenly places to sit enthroned...

...at the right hand of God. Visions which we have given to us in revelation, of the Lord Jesus ruling and reigning and the whole host of Heavens, of the heavens, millions upon millions of angels calling out his name and saying worthy is the lamb who is slain. That's your King, king who loves you, a King Who protects you, a king who knows your difficulties, in your struggles, who knows when you are afflicted, and promises that he is working in the midst of those every single day, every single moment, and will one day bring all of those troubles to an end, one day bring all suffering to an end, one day bring complete defeat on all of his and our enemies, so that we can reign with him forever and ever, without fear, without worry. The powers of this world are always puffing themselves up, always pretending to be something more than they really are. We do this in our own lives as well. We puff ourselves up, we build these false pretenses and little many kingdoms, but there's only one true king and his kingdom is forever. The question is, will you follow him? Will you trust? Will you put your faith in yourself or in the Egypts or in the babylons of this world, or will you put your trust in Jesus and the kingdom, the unshakable Kingdom of God? Let's pray, Oh Lord, God Almighty, we bow ourselves before you at the revelation of your strength and your power. What King, what person, what idol, what building, what river, what creation or cultural institution of man can stand against you? Nothing. Nothing, nothing, indeed, Satan himself, that great enemy, that Great Dragon, that murderer and the liar, who has deceived US and brought all kinds of wickedness into the world and even now desires to devour us and prey upon us. Even he could not withstand the strength of your arm undone, so quickly chained and bound even now, is the gospel of Jesus. Christ goes out into the world his victory over Satan, his victory over the world, his victory over death and over sin. Lord, as we see your great length and how puny and weak we are before...

...you, we asked that you would strip us bare of all of our all of our pretenses, all of the lies and which we prop ourselves up, all of our false gods, the false reads that we lean upon, strip US bear and expose us and expose our hearts, so that we might no longer trust and false things, so that we would no longer trust and stabs of read and foundations of sand, the fleeting things of this world, but so that we can clearly see you and trust in you alone, in your great strength and might, in your salvation that is revealed to us, promises kept from long ago and brought into fulfillment in the Messiah, Great Son. Lord, in these things we we desire to bring you praise, to worship you and bless you are most powerful and awesome name. Indeed, you have spoken and we have heard. Let us put our faith in you and in you alone. We desire no other king, we desire no other hope, we want only you and your kingdom that is forever. Help us to receive these things through faith alone, in Christ alone. As we receive them, Lord, we ask that you would strengthen our hearts. This world is a hard place. Our hearts are so often a deceitful and trick us. The world and its lies are so tempting beguiling. GIVE US CLARITY OF MIND, give US clarity of heart, give us a faith that rests in you alone. Whatever our situations are, Lord, whatever our struggles are, whatever the things that we are in need of, help us to turn to you as our king, as our father, as our Savior, as our shepherd that leads us by your staff, even through the darkest of places and brings us to still waters and a table set before our enemies. Lord, strengthen us in these things we pray, and we pray them in Jesus name an.

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