God’s Glory Revealed Through Judgment
Ezekiel 25 -28
Most of the book of Ezekiel up to this point has been a review of the sins of Judah and the destruction that was coming their way. But chapters 25-28 go a different direction as God reveals to Ezekiel the judgment coming to the neighbors of Judah. Over and over, God repeats that because of their sin (whether it be vengeance, hatred, pride, etc) they too would see judgment just as the Jews would see.
And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them. – Ez. 25:17
I will be glorified in the midst of thee; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her. – Ez. 28:22
These neighboring countries had observed what was going on with Judah. They saw how for a time they had proclaimed their trust in a divine God and then observed as these same people turned on their God as they were enticed with the idolatry of those around them. The Jews lost the opportunity to demonstrate the glory and greatness of God; they could have accomplished much for their God if they would have remained strong in His might. Instead, there were given over to the lusts of their own flesh and were ineffective in showing the work of God in their nation.
I too am in the midst of “neighboring countries.” I am called to be separated unto Christ so that those around may see His glory and His greatness. Yet how often do I become enticed by the “frills” that the world has to offer. I think every Christian at some time has contemplated how to both live in this world and at the same time be an effective example of God, showing HIS character. There’s a fine line where reaching out to people wherever they are in life can become a hindrance to living out our purpose to glorify God. Perhaps you have been able to discern between the two better than I. I want people around me to see Christ in me; I don’t want to come off as “elitist” or “haughty” because I have Christ and they don’t.