-Now that the word had been given for the judgment of Judah and in particular Jerusalem, the message then turns to God’s prophecies against Gentile nations that surrounded the Holy Land. This section extends from chapters 25 through 32 and includes seven nations. The Ammonites were judged because of their joy over the desecration of the Temple. They would be possessed by the sons of the east, and the land of Rabbah in Ammon east of the Jordan River would become a desolation and pasture for camels and flocks (I saw wild camels running around those parts when I was in Israel a short while back, a very strange sight). God stretched out His hand against them to give them as spoil to the barbaric nations and cut them off to the point of perishing so that they would KNOW that He is the LORD (Ezekiel 25:1-7).
-The Moabites, who were just south of Ammon, would be judged because of their scorn for Judah and their pleasure in Judah’s wickedness. The sons of the east would take possession of this group as well. They would be remembered no more among the nations as their flank was deprived and their glory faded away. God executed His judgment on them again for the purpose that they would KNOW that He is forever the LORD (Ezekiel 25:8-11).
-The Edomites were blood brothers of the Jews and shared its northern border with Israel through the line of Esau. They were continuously in conflict with their distant kinsmen and grew in disdain for God’s chosen people. Because of this hatred and an avenging spirit that they took out upon the Jews, the LORD would stretch out His Hand against them to cut off man and beast from their land. He would lay it waste from Teman even to Dedan (east of the Dead Sea area) by means of the sword by the hand of God’s people Israel. “When Ezekiel delivered this prophecy, he and many other Jews were living as captives in Babylon. They didn't have control of their own country, let alone anyone else's. But, about 400 years later, Jews regained independence for Jerusalem and the surrounding area during the ‘Hasmonaean Era or Period.’ During this time, the Jewish priest-king John Hyrcanus I defeated the Edomites (see http://www.aboutbibleprophecy.com/ezekiel_25_14.htm).” God proclaims that this will make them KNOW His vengeance for hating His people instead of loving and helping them (Ezekiel 25:12-14).
-The Philistines were judged for acting in revenge against Judah “with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity.” God vowed to cut them off along with the Cherethites, who were originated in Crete and intermarried with the Philistines, and all the rest of the remnant along the seacoast of the Mediterranean west of Judah. They, like the Edomites, let hate get the best of them. They too, the prophet says, will KNOW that God is the only true LORD when He comes upon them with wrathful rebukes of vengeance (Ezekiel 25:15-17).
-*Application* This is a solemn reminder that God’s promises in Genesis 12:3 from the very beginning of the Jewish nation still hold sway in our times. Recent political or social developments toward God’s chosen people should never entice us to drift in our support for His chosen people. He has lasting and faithful promises with Israel, and those who support them will be blessed. The nations that distance themselves from Israel will pay the price of His curses and vengeance. That’s just the way it is; it’s the truth of the matter. Support of Israel will bring the favor of the Sovereign God.
Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 25:18