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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel 35: A prophecy against Edom


[Preliminary Comment: There had been a brief word against Edom in chapter 25 and so we might wonder why a chapter is now given over speaking about them in this Part that is about Israel, after the fall of Jerusalem. The answer appears to be that Edom had taken advantage of Nebuchadnezzar's activity against Israel and Jerusalem and plundered part of the Land to their own advantage. We use the expression, “kicking a man when he is down” and this is what it appears Edom had been doing in respect of the fallen Israel. Thus God declares His judgment over them.]



v.1-4 God's warning of judgment coming on Edom in the south


v.1   The word of the Lord came to me:

v.2  ‘Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir [to the south of the Dead sea in Edom]; prophesy against it

v.3  and say: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you and make you a desolate waste.

v.4  I will turn your towns into ruins and you will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord.


[Notes: The prophecy is clearly a judgment on Edom.]


v.5,6 Their long-term historical opposition had recently arisen again


v.5  ‘“Because you harboured an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity, the time their punishment reached its climax,

v.6  therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you.


[Notes: Apparently while Nebuchadnezzar was taking their people off to exile, Edom came up from the south over the land of Israel pillaging what they found remaining, taking advantage of the chaos in the land, perhaps those who still lived to the east of the Jordan and the Dead Sea.]



v.7-9 Destruction will now come to their land


v.7  I will make Mount Seir a desolate waste and cut off from it all who come and go.

v.I will fill your mountains with the slain; those killed by the sword will fall on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines.

v.9  I will make you desolate for ever; your towns will not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the Lord.


[Notes: For that reason the Lord will hold them accountable and bring judgment on their land now.]



v.10,11 Although they knew God was for Israel and Judah they came against the north


v.10  ‘“Because you have said, ‘These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,' even though I the Lord was there,

v.11  therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.


[Notes: They knew the Lord had called Israel into being but didn't bother about that and so He saw their activity against Israel's land as action against Him.]



v.12-15 So as they been contemptuous of Him and His people, He will judge them


v.12  Then you will know that I the Lord have heard all the contemptible things you have said against the mountains of Israel. You said, ‘They have been laid waste and have been given over to us to devour.'

v.13  You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it.

v.14   This is what the Sovereign Lord says: while the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate.

v.15  Because you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate, that is how I will treat you. You will be desolate, Mount Seir, you and all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”'


[Notes: They had been disparaging of Israel and spoken against the Lord so now He will bring judgment on them.]



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