Friday, July 10, 2015

Bonus Reading, Ezekiel

The Punishment of Egypt   

Today's reading is a reminder that while most of the important prophecies were for God's chosen people (and these are the ones focused upon in Godsway 66), not all of God's prophecies were only directed at the Israelites.  Several of Israel and Judah's neighbors received prophecies, usually based on how they treated God's chosen people.

One of the most interesting prophecies is against Egypt.  Most people would think that this country would be unpopular because of Hebrew slavery.  However, this prophecy refers to the failures of the military alliance formed by Judah and Egypt when Judah was threatened by Assyria (which did capture the northern kingdom of Israel).  Eventually, both Judah and Egypt were defeated by Babylon (though Egypt was not completely destroyed).

Read Ezekiel 29:1-21  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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