Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 8, 2017

“Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.”

Today’s Scripture is from Ezekiel chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+25&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“And the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face toward the sons of Ammon and prophesy against them, and say to the sons of Ammon, ‘Hear the word of the Lord God!  Thus says the Lord God, “Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into exile, therefore, behold, I am going to give you to the sons of the east for a possession, and they will set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you;  they will eat your fruit and drink your milk.  I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and the sons of Ammon a resting place for flocks.  Thus you will know that I am the Lord.”  For thus says the Lord God, “Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the scorn of your soul against the land of Israel, therefore, behold, I have stretched out My hand against you and I will give you for spoil to the nations.  And I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands;  I will destroy you.  Thus you will know that I am the Lord.”

‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because Moab and Seir say, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the nations,’ therefore, behold, I am going to deprive the flank of Moab of its cities, of its cities which are on its frontiers, the glory of the land, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon and Kiriathaim, and I will give it for a possession along with the sons of Ammon to the sons of the east, so that the sons of Ammon will not be remembered among the nations.  Thus I will execute judgments on Moab, and they will know that I am the Lord.”

‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,” therefore thus says the Lord God, “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom and cut off man and beast from it.  And I will lay it waste;  from Teman even to Dedan they will fall by the sword.  I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel.  Therefore, they will act in Edom according to My anger and according to My wrath;  thus they will know My vengeance,” declares the Lord God.”  Ezekiel 25:1-14.

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God protects His people and takes vengeance on those who are their enemies.

What is particularly interesting (and comforting to us God’s people) is the extent to which God is offended by His people’s enemies.

We can understand that God would be offended and take vengeance against Edom for Edom’s actions:  “Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them”.

It is more difficult to understand, but we may even be able to understand that God would be offended and take action against Ammon for Ammon’s attitude:  “Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into exile”.

But, it is amazing that God would be offended against Moab for merely not considering Judah as special:  “Because Moab and Seir say, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the nations”.

Thus, the lesson from today’s Scripture is not just that God protects His people and takes vengeance on those who are their enemies;  the lesson is that we should understand how special God considers His people and the extent to which God will guide, protect, and otherwise bless His people. 

Other doctrine teaches that God equally loves everybody.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God only loves His elect, His chosen ones.

The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”  Deuteronomy 7:7-8.

Yet on your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.”  Deuteronomy 10:15. 

For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”  Zechariah 2:8.

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”  Ephesians 1:4-6.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

 

“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

When my enemies turn back,
They stumble and perish before You.
For You have maintained my just cause;
You have sat on the throne judging righteously.
You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very memory of them has perished.”  Psalm 9:1-6.

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