Focus Verse: So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded. (18)
Certainly, Ezekiel was saddened by the death of his wife. Yet he did as the Lord had commanded him and did not grieve.
Focus Verse: Therefore I will stretch out my hand against you and give you as plunder to the nations. I will wipe you out from among the nations and exterminate you from the countries. I will destroy you, and you will know that I am the Lord.'” (7)
God is not pleased when one group of people rejoices at the destruction and downfall of another group of people. He is also not pleased when individuals do it to each other. We were not created to tear one another down, becoming jealous and downcast when a person succeeds, and clapping our hands with glee when they fail. Whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
Focus Verse: Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves. (3)
Yes, Israel was wrong for their disobedience, and they were thoroughly punished by God for it. But God also punished the people who rejoiced at Israel’s downfall. In the previous chapter, these people groups included Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Philistia. In this chapter, Tyre is added to the throng.
1 Peter 2
Focus Verse: When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. (23)
This is our example. In every situation that we find ourselves, we are to entrust our physical and spiritual wellbeing to the just Judge Who created all people. Jesus the Christ was beaten and insulted, but He did not react to the injustice done to Him with words or actions. Even more than being our good and perfect example, Jesus the Christ is also our living Savior who carried our sins in His body on the cross. He died so that we could live for righteousness. And now He is the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls.