“…the word of the Lord came to me saying: ‘Son of man, wail over the multitude of Egypt.” – Ezekiel 32:17-18
Prior to this verse, Ezekiel was told by God to lament for Pharaoh too. He, and the people, had let pride settle in their hearts and elevated themselves above all others, even God. In this chapter, Ezekiel is telling Pharaoh that, although he sees himself as a conqueror, he is actually a wild beast about to be caught in a net that will destroy him.
In Luke 6:37, Jesus said, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Was Jesus saying that we should accept everything in love and overlook sin? Of course not, that would be contrary to His Word. He was telling Christ followers that they should not be judge and jury. He was saying that Christ followers should not be critical and judgmental. To treat others how you want to be treated. And when you live like that, you will receive the same response from others. You reap what you sow. Simple, Biblical principles for life.
Ezekiel was to cry over the coming destruction of the people. Jesus did the same thing when he overlooked Jerusalem and lamented for the city (Matt. 23:37).
In our society today, there is a lot of shouting, talking over each other, cussing each other out, hatred for our neighbor and a lot of “keyboard courage” on social media. Did you know Jesus said we are to love our enemies and to pray for them? Do we really think that “spouting” off hate towards others is going to change their opinions and ways? The Bible says, “So, then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” A close friend of mine says, “God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.”
Spewing our opinions and hate will not change anything! Closing our mouths, hearing the Lord and praying can change hearts. After all Christ follower, what is the goal? That others might come to know the Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Time to be like Jesus and take up a lament for our nation as one under God because a nation under man is totally divisible.
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” – Jesus