You will know that I am the LORD

Sunday, January 16th

Text: Ezekiel 35:1-15 (NLT)
A Message for Edom
35 Again a message came to me from the Lord: 2 “Son of man, turn and face Mount Seir, and prophesy against its people. 3 Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord:
“I am your enemy, O Mount Seir,
    and I will raise my fist against you
    to destroy you completely.
4 I will demolish your cities
    and make you desolate.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.
5 “Your eternal hatred for the people of Israel led you to butcher them when they were helpless, when I had already punished them for all their sins. 6 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, since you show no distaste for blood, I will give you a bloodbath of your own. Your turn has come! 7 I will make Mount Seir utterly desolate, killing off all who try to escape and any who return. 8 I will fill your mountains with the dead. Your hills, your valleys, and your ravines will be filled with people slaughtered by the sword. 9 I will make you desolate forever. Your cities will never be rebuilt. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
10 “For you said, ‘The lands of Israel and Judah will be ours. We will take possession of them. What do we care that the Lord is there!’ 11 Therefore, as surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will pay back your angry deeds with my own. I will punish you for all your acts of anger, envy, and hatred. And I will make myself known to Israel by what I do to you. 12 Then you will know that I, the Lord, have heard every contemptuous word you spoke against the mountains of Israel. For you said, ‘They are desolate; they have been given to us as food to eat!’ 13 In saying that, you boasted proudly against me, and I have heard it all!
14 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The whole world will rejoice when I make you desolate. 15 You rejoiced at the desolation of Israel’s territory. Now I will rejoice at yours! You will be wiped out, you people of Mount Seir and all who live in Edom! Then you will know that I am the Lord

Questions to Consider:
Q.1: What does the passage teach about God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
Q.2: Is there any warning for me to heed?

Topic: You will know that I am the LORD

The inhabitants of Mount Seir, the Edomites, were the descendants of Esau. They and the descendants of Jacob inherited the elements of bitter rivalry between the brothers (Genesis 27). Even though the brothers appear to have patched up their differences in Genesis 33, their descendants lived as enemies for centuries.

Note the Lord's accusations against Edom; accusation linked with the past (.5) and the future (v.10). The first accusation is the basis for much of the national and ethnic disputes that we see today. Long-standing hatred leads to bloody conflicts made more intense by the desire to take over other people's territory otherwise called land grabbing (vs.10-11).
Even when this does not happen, there is the rejoicing over the misfortunes of one another. For Edom, this foolishness led them to blaspheme against the God of Israel thus arousing His anger (v.13). The consequence was grave; Edom will be made desolate. 

Pray that God will teach us to stop bearing grudge but learn to forgive the offences of others so we can live in peace with our families and neighbour's.

Prayer: Forgive us, Lord, for the way we have allowed hatred and falsehood to divide and destroy us.

Pray for strength to carry on the faith despite life challenges. Ask for the grace of God upon our lives especially in this end time. Pray for spiritual strength to tarry and pray about all things.
National Prayer 👇👇

GENESIS 26,27, Psalm 11

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