Ezekiel 32 has yet another comparision of Pharoah and Egypt by the prophet. This time, he compares them to a monster. “You compared yourself to a young lion of the nations, yet you are like the monster in the seas….you burst forth in your rivers and muddied the waters with your feet and fouled their rivers”. Pharaoh/Egypt is likened to the mythological monster of the Nile who will be caught, dragged out of the river and left to rot in the sun. His blood will flow over the land and his carcass will be meat for birds and wild animals.
God is going to put Egypt in its place. “When I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud and the moon will not give its light’. It will be total darkness – Egypt will cease to exist as it was known in that day. A terrifying darkness throughout the country will impress upon people that this judgment is the work of the sovereign God. It’s part of God’s desire – to make Himself known to the nations. What better way than showing one of the power houses that they are not so strong. “The sword of the king of Babylon will come upon you”.
This won’t be a mere attack. It will be ahnilation. “When I make the land of Egypt a desolation….when I smite all those who live in it, Then they shall know that I am the Lord”. The outcome will be that all people will know that God is God. He is in control. He sits on the throne then and now. Neighboring nations will tremble when they see multitudes of Egyptian people killed by the invaders or taken into foreign captivity. With people and animals wiped out, the land will be left desolate. It will clearly be a result of God’s power.
Pharaoh was one of the greatest powers of his day. But God is far greater. ”Though I instilled a terror of him in the land of the living, yet he will be made to lie down among the uncircumcised along with those slain by the sword, even Pharaoh and all his hordes”. Already in the world of the dead are certain cruel nations of the past which God has defeated and removed from their place of power and influence, such as Assyria, Elam, Meshech and Tubal. These nations formerly terrified others, but now they lie useless and dishonoured. Egypt will now join them. God is God, then, now and forever!