Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 16, 2017

“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 31.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+31&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes,

‘Whom are you like in your greatness?
‘Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon
With beautiful branches and forest shade,
And very high,
And its top was among the clouds.

‘Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Because it is high in stature and has set its top among the clouds, and its heart is haughty in its loftiness, therefore I will give it into the hand of a despot of the nations;  he will thoroughly deal with it.  According to its wickedness I have driven it away.

“To which among the trees of Eden are you thus equal in glory and greatness?  Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth beneath;  you will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword.  So is Pharaoh and all his hordes!”’ declares the Lord God.”  Ezekiel 31:2-3 and 10-11 and 18.

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In today’s Scripture, Pharaoh king of Egypt was warned by a comparison to Assyria which was figuratively compared to a cedar tree in Lebanon.  Like a cedar tree in Lebanon, although both Pharoah and Assuria had an appearance of high stature, beauty, and greatness that seemed to be forever, both would be brought down low and destroyed.

“Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right.  Selah.
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever;
He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent,
And uproot you from the land of the living.  Selah.
The righteous will see and fear,
And will laugh at him, saying,
“Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches
And was strong in his evil desire.”

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”  Psalm chapter 52.


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