Berean Bible Corner

EZEKIEL ANNOTATED Part 4

Chapters 33-35

In these chapters we do find the same opening words as before “the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel”.  Strong repeated emphasis to pay attention to what follows.

In chapter 33 Ezekiel is reminded of the grave responsibility to be a faithful watchman

In Ezekiel 3:17 he is already reminded of his duty as a watchman unto the house of Israel.

Comparison can be made also with ch.18 which has a similar message as here in ch.33

 

Ellen G.White quotes part of this chapter in 5T.16 and writes: The responsibility of the watchman of today is as much greater than in the days of the prophet as our light is clearer and our privileges and opportunities greater than theirs.

Ellen G.White recommends studying this chapter faithfully.

 

We do have some Biblical references to watchmen.

2 Sam. 18:24 25 David informed by the watchman of a coming messenger.

2 Kings 9:17 a watchman informing King Joram about a certain company.

Isaiah  21:6  Instruction given to set a watchman and let him declare what he sees

Isaiah  52:8  Good watchmen will sing and rejoice when they see  what the Lord is doing

Isaiah  56:10 Here we have a description of unfaithful watchmen. They are dumb and

daydreaming..

Isaiah  62:6  The good watchman speaks about the Lord, they keep not silent.

Jer. 6:7  Jeremiah told the people to listen to the watchman, but they answered  we will

             not hearken.

Jeremiah and Ezekiel were such watchmen, but the people refused to listen or pay

attention to their messages from the Lord.

Eze.33:7 The Lord says to Ezekiel: So you. Son of man I have made you a watchman for

               the house of Israel ; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn

              them for Me. Same in Eze.3:17. For Me, means on behalf of God.

We read in Hebr.13:17 NT church officers are watchmen. For they watch for your souls as they that must give account.

 

Eze.33:3 the first duty of the watchman is to give the trumpet sound in case of a coming

war when he sees the sword coming upon the land.

 

1Cor.14:8 it is possible that the trumpet gives an uncertain sound. This implies that the trumpet must give the correct sound in accordance with the coming event.

 

Other events where trumpets have been used can be found in Numb.10:9;

Josh.6:4-20; Judg.7:16-18; Neh.4:18

Great victories have been gained by way of using trumpets.

 

Before the annual Day of Atonement, the end of the Jewish sanctuary year, there was what is called the blowing of the trumpets Lev.23:23-25

This was to call Israel to attention for the coming Day of Atonement, which had the nature of judgment day.

F.C.Gilbertt in his book PRACTICAL LESSONS pp.253/4 writes: The Talmud teaches that the blowing of the trumpets signifies God’s loud call to repentance.

Thus the blowing of the trumpets was a sort of awakening of the people to examine into their condition, and to see that their sins were all forgiven and that they repented sufficiently to have that peace and pardon. It was a call to prayer, a call to earnest seeking of the Lord; it was a sort of preparation for judgment.

Gilbert writes further on page 254 It is thought by some that the apostle Paul evidently had this blowing of trumpets and its significance in mind, when writing to the Romans

(Rom.12:11, 12), Corinthians (1Cor.15:34) and Ephesians (Eph.5:14)

 

Trumpets played a very important part in the life of Israel; Those in charge of blowing the trumpet had the grave responsibility to give the correct trumpet sound.

 

Joel calls for the blowing of the trumpet and to call for a sanctified fast, Joel 2:1 & 15

 

Trumpets are also a part of the Apocalypse.

Rev.1:10 John heard a loud voice as of a trumpet behind him, the voice of Christ

Rev.8-11 gives us the vision of the 7 trumpets, scenes of judgment events

The 7th trumpet in Rev.11:15-19 being the last one before the glorious return of Christ our Lord

This could be a part of the anti-typical heavenly sanctuary. Christ was both sacrifice and priest. Sacrificing Himself on the altar of the cross as our sin bearer and taking its penalty. Priest in heaven, as our Advocate and mediator.1Tim.2:5; Hebr.8:6; 1John2:1

He ascended into the heavens to be our heavenly priest in the heavenly sanctuary, Hebr.8:1, 2

Christ is seen by John amidst the 7 candlesticks, Rev.1:12, 13.

We also see Christ in the first apartment in Rev.4 and 5. In Rev.8:3 we move closer to the most holy place in heaven and see the altar of incense.

Before the most holy place is opened and the ark of His testament is seen in Rev.11:19 we have the prophetic scene of the 7 trumpets in Rev.8, 9 and 11:15

 

Christ will come down from heaven with the sound of the trump of God, 1 Thess.4:16

See also Matth.24:31 and 1 Cor.15:52

 

TRUMPET RESPONSIBILITIES

Both who do the trumpet blowing and those hearing the sound have responsibilities

Eze.33:4-5 Ezekiel first speaks to those hearing the sound.

Those hearing and not paying attention their blood will upon their own head. But who takes the warning serious will deliver his/her soul, be saved.

 

Israel has been warned by many prophets but did not hearken Jer.6:17; Jer.25:4;

Jer. 35:14; 2Chron.36:15

 

Later in the time of Jesus, as Israel’s Messiah, the people refused to listen, pay attention, be gathered together, Matth.23:37

The Messiah’s verdict was loud and clear as a trumpet in Matth.23:38 your house is left to you desolate NKJV

 

Eze.33:6-9 The watchmen also do bear responsibilities. If the watchman does not sound the trumpet in time of coming trouble and the people perish, their blood will be required from the watchman.

But if the proper sound is given, but the people do not listen, the watchman has saved his soul, but the wicked will perish.

For these reasons the Lord appeals to Ezekiel to take his office seriously, see vs.7.

 

The apostle Paul took his mission serious. 1Cor.9:16 woe unto me, if I preach not the gospel.

To Timothy the apostle Paul wrote in 2Tim.4:2 preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. NKJV

 

The ministers of this day also bear responsibilities as the prophets of the Old Testament.

We read in Gospel Workers pp14, 15 Christ’s ministers are the spiritual guardians of the people entrusted to their care.

Theirs is a work requiring the exercise of every faculty of the being. In trumpet tones their voices are to be lifted, and never should they sound one wavering, uncertain note

Watchmen have to look after themselves and their daily conduct of life. Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Tim.4:16 Take heed to yourself and the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you NKJV

 

Eze.33:10-16. In this passage Ezekiel is told to inform the people of the seriousness, to be and to remain faithful to God

Here we have an expansion of Ez.18. Everyone is responsible for his/her own conduct and actions.

In 33:10 the question is raised as being asked by Israel “How can we live with our transgressions upon us?”

In verse 11 The Lord gives the answer. He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked but in their return from sin and transgression.

Therefore, Oh house of Israel turn away from your evil ways. See also Eze.18: 23, 32

The Lord can have pleasure in the death of His saints, Ps.116:15, because they are safe.

God is in the business of saving people. 2 Pet.3:9 He is not willing that any should perish, but all should come to repentance.

No pleasure in the wicked and their death, but the Lord’s saints and their death are precious to Him.

How do we get saved for eternity?

Eze.33:12-16 the overall principle is that we must have no trust in our own righteousness. Read Isa.64:6.Once we fall back in sin and do not repent our own righteousness will be of no use.

When the wicked repents, his wickedness, his sins will not keep him out of the kingdom but he shall surely live.

 

Jesus preached the gospel of repentance, Mark 1:16

Paul writes in Romans 2:4 that it is the goodness of God which leads people to repentance.

Ellen G.White writes that repentance is the first fruit of the working of the Holy Spirit in the life. (Ms.28, 1905(SDABC7a, p.1068)

In bringing men to repentance, it is not the office of the Holy Spirit to reveal new truths, but to present to the mind and urge upon the conscience the precious lessons which Christ has given in the Old and New Testaments. (Ms.32, 1900, SDABC 7a, p.1068/9)

 

How does Ezekiel explain this matter of repentance of sin?

Eze.33:12. In the day of transgression the righteous cannot claim salvation because of his/her righteousness. Our righteousness is not our Saviour. Just the opposite they are as filthy rags, Isa.64:6

In Phil.3:9 the apostle Paul saw the unworthiness of his own righteousness

Sin must be repented off or we die. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive and cleanse.

But after forgiveness and cleansing the challenge is, that ye sin not

Jesus told the women caught in sin, go and sin no more, John 8:11

But then again, if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins, 1John 2:2

Sinning is not the main problem, how bad it is. Ezekiel explains clearly that not to repent from sin is the problem.

 

Eze.33:12-20 is actually a repeat from Chapter 18:20-24 All the righteous deeds of the righteous person does not cover sin in the day sin is committed and not repented of or turned away from. We need Christ’s righteousness, Jer.23:6

 

Two times in Eze.18 it is stated that the soul that sins shall die, vss.4 and 20

The Theological Wordbook of the OT linked to Strong’s Concordance nrs.2398/638 explains the verb to sin from the Hebrew word  “hata” and may be understood as the Greek “amartano” as is found in the Critical Lexicon/Concordance of English-Greek by Bullinger, which is explained as “ to miss the mark, swerve from, error; hence to sin”

We may use 1John 3:4 that sin is the transgression of the law, of which Ellen G.White states that this is the only definition of sin.(See MS 145, 1897, 7SDABC 951)

 

This makes sinning, small or great, a serious matter. 1 John 2:1and2 also must be taken seriously what to do in case we discover sin in ourselves.

Ezekiel also states it very clearly in 33:14-16 that the wicked, the sinner, will surely live in case of repentance and will receive forgiveness. All his past sins will not be mentioned or remembered.

We may call this, Ezekiel’s gospel message as later in the NT time is demonstrated in Christ’s substitutionary vicarious atoning sacrifice on the cross.

Also in harmony with Paul’s writing in Rom.3:25, 26, the demonstration of God’s righteousness and God being just in justifying the one who believes in Christ.

But Israel did not understand as many do not understand it today. They said this is not right, not fair (NKJV), Ez.33:17, 20 also in Eze.18:25, 29.

But the Lord answered in .33:17 but it is their way which is not fair. And in vs.20 I will judge every one of you according to his own ways. As we read in Rev.22:12 everyone will receive as his work shall be

 

The conclusion is that the righteous person can never lean on his righteous deeds. The just, the righteous shall live by faith, Rom.1:17; Hab.2:4; Hebr.10:38;11:6; Rom; 14:23.

The wicked does not have to be afraid for his wickedness or his sins/transgressions provided he turns to God and exercises faith in Jesus.

Rom.3:28 Justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Gal. 2:16 not justified by the works of the law

 

We are justified by faith. The soul who understands the meaning of these words will never be self-sufficient. We are not sufficient of ourselves to think anything of ourselves. EGW in 7a SDABC p.1109

But faith is not our saviour or the end, but the means to get us to Christ, Who is our Saviour and the Author and Finisher of our faith, Hebr.12:2

 

The Lord deals with us from grace not from works. Jesus has made that clear from the parable about the labourers in the vineyard, Matthew 20:1-16. At the end of the day all receive equal pay. The ones hired in the morning seeing that those hired at the eleventh o’clock hour received the same, became angry thinking this was not right. But divine grace is equal for all and at all times.

The Lord tells Israel that their will be judgment and every one will be judged according to his ways, Eze.18:30; Rev.22:12

According to Daniel 7:22 the judgment will be in favour of the saints (NKJV) and saints are those who are in Christ by their faith and their sanctification by faith in Christ,

Acts 26:18; Rom.1:1-7; 1Cor.1:2

 

Ezekiel 33:21-33

Here starts a new section with a new message under a new date when it was given to Ezekiel.

Vs.21  A messenger has come to Ezekiel with sad news that Jerusalem has been captured

 

Vs 22-24  The Lord reveals to Ezekiel Israel’s true character. They are still boastful being         Abraham’s children and claiming right to the land.

They did the same in Jesus’ days, John 8:33-39 and even today being secular as they are in the current state called Israel; they claim to be Abraham’s children with full right to the land.

Jesus answered   if ye were Abraham’s children ye would do the works of Abraham

John 8:39

The Apostle Paul writes to the Galatians, who are the true children of Abraham, Gal.3:29

In Ezekiel’s time Israel had lost its claim to be heirs to Abraham’s promise; they had lost it in the time of Jesus and Paul, and they have lost it today.

 

Vs.25, 26 here again it is clearly stated why they had no right to the land anymore, because of their wickedness and idolatry

 

Vs.27-29 The land will be taken from them, those in the ruined land also will perish, because of all their abominations they have committed. Indeed a very sad end.

 

Vs.30-33 Ezekiel is informed of the other side of the people. Outwardly they look good and listen to Ezekiel, but inwardly they look for their own gain. Two times it is mentioned that they listen to the words of the prophet, but do not do them. Until it will all come to pass and then they will know that a prophet has been among them. So far they found Ezekiel a nice man who could talk and play, but they did not take him serious.

Jesus had to tell Israel of His day the same in Matthew 7:21-27; also read James 1:22-25

If our works do not reflect our faith, our religious life or worship is not acceptable by the Lord

 

EZEKIEL 34.

 

This chapter in Ezekiel is of utmost importance to those who have spiritual caring responsibilities. We may say 21st spiritual shepherds.

The chapter can be divided in three parts:

Part   I  vs.   1-10 About unfaithful shepherds

Part  II  vs. 11-19 How the Lord will step in and do for His people what the unfaithful

shepherd has neglected.

Part III  vs. 20-31 What God’s Servant David will do for His people and the future

Glory. It is a messianic message.

 

Ellen G.White in DA 477 Christ applied these prophecies to Himself and showed the

                                        contrast between His own character and that of the leaders

                                         in Israel.

 

Before we go to other shepherd passages in scriptures, let’s go through this chapter verse by verse and learn about shepherd problems in Ezekiel’s time and how the Lord is going to solve these problems.

 

Vs.  1  It is again the word of the Lord. Ezekiel is not allowed to speak for himself. Israel

is reminded again and again that it is not Ezekiel speaking to them, but the Lord

Himself. We should be reminded of it when reading Ezekiel’s messages.

 

Vs   .2 Addressed to the shepherds of Israel. Israel and also Judah well knew that God

looked upon them as sheep of His pasture. Psalms 74:1; 79:13; 95:7; 100:3.

Jeremiah also wrote in similar terms Jer.23:1-3

The shepherds of Israel were appointed servants of God to look after Israel as a

shepherd in the field looks after his sheep.

 

Vs  2b According to the latter part of this verse the unfaithful shepherds did look more

after themselves than after  the flock.

 

Vs.  3   They looked well after themselves, but did not feed the flock

Ez.22:25 even physically abusing the people

 

Vs.  4    The sick have not been looked after.

The wounded, the spiritually wounded, not being healed

The ones lost or being driven away for one reason or another not being sought

Their style of leadership was by force and cruelty

 

Vs   5     Because there was no real shepherd-spirit, the flock became prey to all sorts

of issues. They became scattered.

 

Vs   6     A repeat of verse five with addition that nobody was seeking or searching for

them. It looks like that Israel’s apostasy is laid at the feet of these unfaithful

shepherds.

While each person is responsible for his/her own actions and decision making,

the Lord is holding the unfaithful shepherds or watchmen responsible for their

neglect as well.

Remember the watchmen’s responsibilities in Ez.18 and 33.

 

Vs    7     The shepherds are called to attention to hear the word of the Lord

 

Vs  8-10   Because of all the neglect on the part of the shepherds as mentioned before,

vs.7, the Lord will step in taking away the flock from the shepherds.

Even after the 70 yrs of captivity the lord still shows concern for His flock.

Zach.10:2, 3

Not much had changed. Not even later in the days of Jesus, as we will note

later.

Zach.11:17 God’s attitude towards shepherds.

 

In the next section, 11-19 the Lord reveals what He will do as the “Chief Shepherd” for His flock

 

Vs  11  The Lord will take charge. He will search and seek for His people.

 

Vs  12  He will seek them and care for them as a real shepherd for his sheep does

 

Vs  13  He will gather them together

 

Vs  14   He will feed them, as in Psalms 23

 

Vs  15   He will lie them down to rest,  Ps.23

 

Vs  16   He will seek what is lost and bind up their wounds, Isa.61:1

 

Vs  17   The Lord will go into judgment with His people, His flock, God’s people also

will come into judgment Deut. 32:36; Hebr.10:30; Dan.7:22; Rev.11:1;

Rom.14:10; 1Cor.5:10.

 

Vs  18    The unfaithful shepherds are addressed again. They have tread down the good.

 

Vs  19    What has been trampled down and fouled is left for the flock to eat and drink

Could this mean that the flock is given corrupted spiritual food to eat and

drink?  Is the shepherd of today giving God’s people the pure clean message of

the Lord for this time or a corrupted message?

 

In the third section vs. 20-31 we learn what God will do.

 

Vs  20   The call to attention The Lord will go into judgment with His people. Read

Scriptures passages under verse 17.

 

Vs  21.    The unfaithful shepherds are being blamed for the scattering of God’s people.

 

Vs  22      He will save his People, His flock. They will no longer be a prey. People not

being looked after properly in spiritual matters are a prey to false teaching and

apostasy. A prey to the roaring lion of 1 Pe.5:8

But also and again judgment of God’s people is mentioned. Not all are genuine.

See Matth.7:21-23

Vs.  23    What the Lord promised to do in vs. 13-16 He will accomplish through His

Servant David, the coming Messiah.

Jeremiah spoke about a branch from the house of David, Jer.23:5, 6

Isaiah 11:1  (NASB) a branch from the stem of Jesse.

Luke 1:31, 32 The angel Gabriel spoke to Mary about the Messiah receiving

the throne of David

Matthew 9:27 The blind men called Jesus son of David

This is the One who would do the work as a shepherd mentioned in Eze.34:16

This is the Servant spoken of by Isaiah 42:1-3: 52:13

Christ spoke of himself being the Shepherd seeking the lost, John.10:1-16;

Luke 19:10; Matthew 15:24.

 

Vs   24     Under this new divine shepherd-care the Lord will be the God of His people,

and His servant David a Prince among them

 

Vs   25      As the Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6) the servant David will make a covenant of

Peace. Where? At the cross when righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

Psalms 85:10; Isa.32:17

Christ on the cross was the medium whereby mercy and truth met together,

                and righteousness and peace kissed each other. This is the means that move

                the world. (7aSDABC p.661/2)

 

The covenant of peace must refer to the new or everlasting covenant of

Isa.55:3; Jer.31:33. That will restore the true relationship between God and

His people. Eze.34:30, 31; Jer.30:22; 31:33; 32:38; Eze.36:28; 2Cor.6:18.

 

The second part of vs. 25 never found fulfilment in Israel’s time after the

Babylonian captivity but will be fulfilled in time of which Isaiah speaks in

11:5-9

 

vs  26-31  This is a continuation of what Ezekiel started in the latter part of vs.25 Great

peace and safety from slavery (in sin), no shame from the gentiles who abused

and scorned them in the time of their captivity.

The nations, before they are destroyed themselves will know that God is with

His people, that they are His flock.

Phil.2:10, 11 the confession the nations will make in the day of complete

restoration.

 

In Matthew 21:33-45 Jesus speaks by way of a parable about the unfaithful

shepherds of His time and that the kingdom will be given to another nation.

See also Jer.12:17.

The NT church is that other “nation”, not as replacement but as a continuation

of true Israel, study Rom.9-11 The apostle Peter speaks about the

shepherds of that “other nation” and their duties, 1Pe.5:1-3 to feed the flock

take oversight but not by constraint, not by force,

beware of selfishness

be ensamples to the flock

see also 1Tim.5:17; John 21:15-17

In the day to come the Chief Shepherd, Christ Himself will present the crown

of glory to those who have been faithful in service to others. 1Pe.5:4.

 

After quoting Eze.34 Ellen G.White writes in DA 477 “Christ applied these

                   prophecies to Himself, and He showed the contrast between His own

                   character and that of the leaders of Israel.”

 

                   We will be wise to take note of the following statements after this study of

Ezekiel 34:  Upon the ministers of God rests a solemn, serious charge. They

                   will be called to a strict account for the manner in which they have

                   discharged their responsibilities. ( 7aSDABC p.174 (1164)

 

And also from AA p.526 “Those who occupy the position of under-shepherds

                   are to exercise a watchful diligence over the Lord’s flock………………

                   Pastors are needed – faithful shepherds – who will not flatter God’s people

                   nor treat them harshly, but who will feed them with the bread of life – men

                   who in their lives feel daily the converting power of the Holy Spirit, and who

                   cherish a strong, unselfish love toward those for whom they labour.”

 

 

EZEKIEL 35

Vs 1, 2  This is a full chapter against Edom, Israel’s brother nation.

Obadiah addresses all of His God given message to Edom. Oba.1:1

 

Edom was Israel’s brother nation through Esau the brother of Jacob, who

was the  founder of Edom. A nation in the rocky mountain of Seir, South

and East of Judah.

Earlier in Ezekiel’s message we have dealt with references to Edom,

Eze.25:12-14

 

Vs 3, 4   Here Ezekiel has to speak against Mount Seir. Edom thought they

had found their strength in this mountain instead of in the Creator God Who

made the mountains. Job38:4-11; Ps.65:6; Isa.40:12

This mountain will become a desolation and their cities laid waste

Then they will know that the I AM is Lord.

 

Vs.5      In spite of reconciliation between Jacob and Esau in Gen.33 their has been a

perpetual hatred against Israel.

Initially the two brothers, Esau and Jacob did not go along very well.

together.

They were different in character and in occupation, see Gen.25 & 27

During the Exodus from Egypt Israel was refused to travel through the land

of Edom,  Numb.20:14-21

In the time of king Jehoshaphat of Judah Edom had joined other nations to

go to war against Judah, 2Chron.20:10

Israel was not allowed to destroy Edom as the other nations which had fallen

in total and complete idolatry, see Deut.2

But Edom did not show any gratitude towards its brother nation, Israel.

Jer. 49:7; Lam.4:21; Joel 3:19; Amos 1:11 and Oba.1:10-14

From Psalms 137:7 it appears that Edom rejoiced over Israel’s misfortune.

This hatred of Edom stretched over a long period of time.

 

Vs 6      They did not hate blood, now they would go through an experience with

blood.

Like in Rev.13:10 who kills with the sword shall perish by the sword.

Edom gets a similar message from Ezekiel.

 

Vs 7-9   Edom’s desolation will be permanent, a perpetual desolation

Today tourists go out to see, and archaeologists go out and study the ruins

of Petra, mount Seir, the land of Edom.

Balaam also included Edom in his prophecy, that the star coming out of

Jacob would also possess Edom, Numb.24:17, 18

 

The reasons for their destruction are listed:

Vs.10   They thought to be able to take possession of Israel/Judah,

Similarly stated in Psalms 83:6 & 12

Vs 11   They were filled with anger, envy and hatred against them.

Vs 12   The Lord had heard their blaspheme language against the mountain

of Israel.

It had been a battle between two mountains. Like in Revelation the battle

between Mount Sion, 14:1 and Har(mount)mageddon, 16:16.

Vs  13  They boasted also against the God of Israel/Judah

The little horn of Dan.7:25 would speak boastful words against the most

High, and so would the beast of Rev.13:6

Vs 14   Again the Lord says they will be made desolate. As the L.Horn in

Dan.7:11

Vs 15   As they rejoiced of the desolation of Israel now they themselves would

be made a desolation.

.

Four times in vs 10,11,12,15 they are told that all this it done to them, so they

would know that the I AM is the Lord., that I am the Lord.

Rebellion against the Creator God of heaven cannot and will not go unpunished.

Persistent rebellion will end in perpetual desolation.

 

The lesson is: never to have joy over the demise of other people.

In the final executive judgment many will be found lost who are known to those

saved. Tears will be shed over these cases. But according to Rev.21:4 the

Lord will wipe away all tears.

Moses had no joy over Israel’s apostasy and its apparent demise. He would

rather have been lost himself. Ex.32:32

The apostle Paul had great heaviness and continual sorrow in his heart for his

kinsmen to the flesh, Rom.9:1-3

 

Earlier we have noted that Christ had similar feelings of sadness about Israel in

His days. Israel not willing to be gathered together, Matth.23:37

 

In Isaiah 63:1 we read that the Messiah would come out of Edom. This may

refer to Christ’s first coming when He trod the winepress alone. At that time

some said can anything good come out of Nazareth, John 1:46  Edom was a

wicked nation and so was Nazareth in the days of Jesus and John the Baptist

But Jesus did come from Nazareth

Ellen G.White writes about this as follows after quoting Isa.63:3 through

                Childhood, youth and manhood Jesus walked alone. In His purity and His

               faithfulness He trod the winepress alone and of the people there was none with

               Him  (AG 163)

At the cross He was alone, crying my God, my God why hast thou forsaken Me.

               Matthew 27:46

But when the Messiah will come again and be victorious over people like Edom

then He will tread upon them, in the day of vengeance, Eze.36:4,5 and Isa.61:2

This no doubt refers to His coming in Glory, victory and great majesty;

Rev.2:27; 19:14, 15

In that day Edom and the world like Edom shall know that I am the Lord, as the

last sentence reads in Eze.35:15

Then every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord, Phil.2:11

As if entranced, the wicked have looked upon the coronation of the Son of God.

                They see in His hands the tables of the divine law, the statutes which they have

                despised and transgressed. They witness the outburst of wonder, rapture and

               adoration from the saved; and as the wave of melody sweeps over the multitudes

               without the city, all with one  voice exclaim, “ Great and marvellous  are Thy

               works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints;”

               (Rev.15:3) and falling prostrate, they worship the Prince of life. (GC 668/9)

 

Jan T Knopper

Cooranbong April 2007

Edited August 2013

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