Ezekiel 38

Ezekiel 38 has God telling the prophet to prophecy against Gog and his nation.  God is against him and his army and will not only defeat them, but also will chose to use them to pour out judgment on His people as well.  Gog has an impressive army, both is style and ability.  God knows all about it and will choose to use it His way in His time.  That’s the reality of the God we serve.  He sits on the throne and is in control of all things big and small, now and forever, until the end of time.  Gog may not have known that reality, but he would become a pawn in God’s hand to do His will.

To the Jews of Ezekiel’s day, the nations referred to here would represent the most distant regions of the world- ‘the four corners of the earth’. They are led by a man called Gog, who lives to the north in the land of Magog and who is ruler of the joint kingdom of Meshech-Tubal. He will lead an attack on Israel and will be helped by other countries from the east (Persia), from the south (Cush and Put, meaning probably Ethiopia and Libya), and from the north (Gomer and Beth-togarmah). But because God is working in history, the attackers, not the people of God, are the ones who are doomed

After carefully laying his plans, Gog puts his plan in action, but he does not realize that God is in control of every detail and event.  “You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army; and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land”.  God has been waiting for him, and now he deals with him. Through earthquakes, floods, fire, disease and bloodshed, God wipes out the forces of Gog.

The odds seemed overwhelming against God’s people.  By earthly standards, they would have been smashed by attack from all directions.  But God had a different plan.  He was and is in control of all things all the time.  And in this situation, the best laid plans of man were not only thwarted but complete demolished by God and His power.  He destroyed those who were intent on destroying His people.  And all of it brings glory to God in the same way as His actions today!  “I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord”.

 

*Some commentary from Bridgeway Bible Commentary

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