Ezekiel 25 has the prophet moving on to a new focus. Once the exiles had been awakened, Ezekiel’s next task was to instruct them further about God’s future purposes for them. He shows how God will deal with Israel’s former oppressors. God is the controller not only of Israel’s destiny but also of the destinies of other nations. He will not allow sin to go unpunished, and he will especially deal with the four neighboring nations who supported Babylon at the fall of Jerusalem – those being Ammon, Moab, Edom and the Philistines.
Ezekiel begins with the details for the people of Ammon. “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’. God isn’t going to allow nations to go beyond His plan in punishing His people. He now is dealing with the four nations who stepped over His line.
The Ammonites will be overrun by desert tribesmen from the east who will turn Ammon’s cities into pasture lands for their animals. “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”. Moab will suffer the same fate as Ammon. Its sin was to despise God, by claiming that he was no different from the gods of other nations. They thought that he was powerless to protect His temple from devastation. He will now show his power by devastating Moab.
Edom had acted with unnecessary violence and treachery against Judah, and helped Babylon in the final destruction of Jerusalem. The Jews themselves will be God’s instrument in punishing Edom. The Philistines, ancient enemies of Israel, had also acted in bitter revenge against Jerusalem when they saw the city about to fall. Therefore, they too will cease to be a nation. In each case, God makes it clear that part of His retribution is to make sure they all know that He is the Lord. God is about establishing Himself as the true King and Lord of all! “I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance on them”.