Read Ezekiel 35
A Prophecy Against Edom
35 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir; prophesy against it 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you and make you a desolate waste. 4 I will turn your towns into ruins and you will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
5 “‘Because you harbored an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity, the time their punishment reached its climax, 6 therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you. 7 I will make Mount Seir a desolate waste and cut off from it all who come and go. 8 I will fill your mountains with the slain; those killed by the sword will fall on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines. 9 I will make you desolate forever; your towns will not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
10 “‘Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the Lord was there,11 therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. 12 Then you will know that I the Lord have heard all the contemptible things you have said against the mountains of Israel. You said, “They have been laid waste and have been given over to us to devour.” 13 You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it. 14 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: While the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate.15 Because you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate, that is how I will treat you. You will be desolate, Mount Seir, you and all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’”
In the previous chapter, we read of the coming good shepherd who would look after Israel. In some ways, that passage served as a breath of fresh air for us and pointed towards Jesus. Today’s reading begins another prophecy against another group of people who were facing God’s judgment. God had heard their mocking and their boasting against Him, and they were about to face a reckoning because of their contempt towards God.
In seasons of abundance and peace, it can be easy to forget that we serve a God who fiercely protects His people. Nations that bring war and violence against Israel are met with a righteous justice, and those who seek to occupy the land in Israel’s weakness will ultimately be conquered. In a day and age when we turn on the news and see Hamas waging war and terror against the people of Israel, the words of Ezekiel are particularly prescient. God will not permit the wicked to prosper at the expense of His people—at least not for long. God’s timing is impossible for us to know, but His values and promises are always proven true. Those who seek to destroy His people are always the ones who will be destroyed.
In today’s passage, Ezekiel is told to prophesy against Mount Seir, which was at the center of the Edomite empire. Edom and Israel had a long history of conflict, and God was now promising an all-consuming ruin. Their cities would be desolate. Their mountains and valleys would be filled with the slain. God says, “I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred.” While it would be easy for us to read the current war between Israel and Hamas into this passage, what is more appropriate is to be comforted by the overriding truth of God’s character, nature, and victory. He protects us. He watches over us. And no matter what today’s headlines bring, He will be victorious.
- Why does God ultimately want to destroy Edom? (v. 4)
- What was their infraction against Israel?
- How have the Edomites mocked God?
Spend aside extra time throughout the day to pray and meditate on the truth that God has already won in the battle against evil.