Ezekiel 29:13-16 and The Lord of the Whole World

ancient-egyptI have to admit, there are times when I read through the Bible that I forget that the Lord is God over the whole world. Sure, I know that there is only one God, therefore logically the Triune God would have to be the God of the entire world, but sometimes it is easy for me to focus exclusively on the Jewish people. Often times it seems that the Lord only looks out for the well being of Israel and all other nations are brought into judgment because of their mistreatment of Israel or their sins before Israel was around.

That is why it is refreshing to me to read verses like this one in Ezekiel:

13 The Lord God proclaims: At the end of forty years, I will gather the Egyptians from among the nations where they are scattered. 14 I will improve their circumstances and bring them back to the land of Pathros, the land of their origin. Egypt will be a lowly kingdom there. 15 Out of all the kingdoms, it will be the lowliest. It will never again exalt itself over the nations, and I will make it small to keep it from ruling the nations. 16 The house of Israel will never again bring guilt on itself by faithlessly turning to Egypt for help, for they will know that I am the Lord God.

Sure, there is an element of judgment here, but the Lord will bring Egypt back out of exile and resettle the people in their land. This is a promise of good news for Egypt. God will care for Egypt and restore Egypt as well. It is a good reminder to me that the Lord watches over all people. It is also a wonderful reminder that prophecies from the Lord are true, for this is the situation of Egypt today–never again has it been a world power, but a minor nation.


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