Ezekiel 35 has the prophet hearing once again from God directly. This time, Ezekiel is instructed to prophecy against Mount Seir and warn them of God’s pending wrath. “And I will stretch out My hand against you And make you a desolation and a waste. I will lay waste your cities And you will become a desolation. Then you will know that I am the Lord”.
God makes it clear in this chapter, and in almost every chapter of Ezekiel, that not only is Ezekiel’s job to make Him known, but God Himself is doing a whole lot of things that will make that clear. In chapter 35, we see it clearly four times as God says “Then you will know that I am the Lord”. God wants us to know Him and that He alone is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is no other. And He does that through His prophets, but also through His work in the world around us. It began with creation and scripture is clear that creation itself is enough for every man to know that God exists. It doesn’t require any more than that.
But there is much more, and God’s hand has been on mankind since the day of creation. He has orchestrated and directed events throughout history. He has used people, good and evil, to accomplish His will His way. He directs our steps and sits on the throne of the universe. And in Ezekiel’s day, He is repaying nations who have mistreated His chosen people. Mankind has always somehow believed they could do whatever they want and God wouldn’t even know it happened. We find that completely untrue as we read Ezekiel’s words. God knows, God responds, God is in control.
With regard to the folks at Mount Seir, God says “you have spoken arrogantly against Me and have multiplied your words against Me; I have heard it”. God doesn’t miss anything. He knows what man does. He hears what man says. He sees clearly and has more than eyes in the back of His head. God would make our mothers look like they couldn’t see what was going on. He’s omnipresent. He isn’t fooled ever. And He will respond and deal with our sin. The good news for us today is that He made a way through grace – the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross – for us to defeat the price of sin and spend eternity with Him. Thank you God for your blessing and gift of life!