About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Prophecy Against Edom
(ch. 35:1 - 18)
chapter deals with Ezekiel speaking the Word of the Lord against
Seir" in verse 2.
That is simply another name for Edom
since this mountain is in Edom.
Word of the Lord to Edom
is simple. The first five
verses state that God will stretch out his hand and make Edom
5 and onward tell us why God is so upset with Edom. In verse 5 you see the
word "ancient hostility".
The hostility between Edom
go all the way back to the hostility between Esau and Jacob, the fathers
of these two nations.
main reason why God is going to wipe
we see the Abrahamic Covenant coming into play here. He that
curses Israel will be cursed. Edom cursed Israel and now God is
punishing her for it. He eventually does the same to
need to note in verse 5 the Israel's punishment reached its climax. Over
and over again in the Bible you see that both sin and punishment has a
climax. People and nations
sin, but they don't get punished right away, but, when the sin reaches a
climax, a certain point in the mind of God, then punishment is
pronounced. The same with
the punishment. There is a
set time for the punishment to last, unless otherwise stated.
6 basically says, "what you give, you get".
the Edomites and other nations, people who die must be buried right
away. The text says here
that dead bodies will lie in the mountains and valleys. This would be
totally disgusting to the Edomites.
9 states that the towns of
two nations spoken of in verse 10 that Edom
wanted to take possession of are commonly thought of as being the
northern and southern kingdoms of Israel.
the results of this punishment in verses 12 to 14.
It is for Edom
to know who really God is. God
does all things, whether blessing or cursing, to make people know and
understand that He is the only God of this universe.
15 states the ongoing importance of the Abrahamic Covenant.
in verse 15 you see the words, "then they will know that I am the
Lord". This is indeed
the end result of all of human history.
That man would know that Yahweh is Elohim, Yahweh is the Lord God
of all things.