The Fall of an Ancient City

Monday of the Fifth Week in Easter, Year B
Ezekiel 27—28

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The ancient seaport city of Tyre in Phoenicia is targeted for destruction due to its wanton pride and arrogance. It was located on an island just off the northeastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Its power had stretched as far as Spain in the West, to Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in the East. A long list of cities is included, such as Tarshish in Spain, cities under the sway of this ancient kingdom. Though many of these cities cannot be identified any longer, the cumulative effect of the list is designed to have us feel the extent of this ancient maritime power.

Nebuchadnezzar laid a thirteen-year siege of Tyre from about 587-574 BC. Ezekiel sees this as a consequence of the power that Phoenicia wielded from its arrogant king whom Ezekiel denounces. This phrase appears twice: “You set your heart as the heart of a god.” Thus passes the glory of the world. Only those connected to the Word of God will live forever.

Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets.
During the Easter Season, we read Ezekiel.

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The Fall of Egypt Coming

Monday of the Sixth Week in Easter, Year B    Ezekiel 29—30

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Ezekiel directs his prophetic power toward Egypt. The theme for all these proclamations against the nations is the growth of their power without giving glory to God.

The most vital aspect of the power of Egypt was the Nile River. The Pharaoh called the River “Mine,” failing to give God the glory for its existence. Again, the power of Babylonia and its wicked king is going to come against this nation. The text of the proclamation gives us a sense of the outrage of the Lord at those nations that do not truly acknowledge God as the ultimate power and Lord of the world.

Pray for all nations that they too will trust in the Lord, and not in the power of violence to redress the wrongs that they find against each other. We live in a “Global Village.” Lift it to God for God’s blessing and care.

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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets.
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The Outcast Wife

Mondays: The Prophets
Ezekiel 15—16

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Vine-wood has only one purpose—to give grapes. Jesus shares the same image in John 15: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”

Sense in your spirit the pain of the Lord as that of a husband of a wife who has become the most debased of whores that ever existed. The pain of God yields not “grapes of wrath,” but grapes of love—wine for Eucharist. Our blood lives because Jesus’ was poured out for us. Greater is the redemptive blood of Jesus than all our infidelity. The tenderness of God is described with all the exuberance of the Song of Songs.

However unfaithful you have been to the call of the Lord upon your life, be less in awe about this, than in awe about the constancy of God’s love for you. Greater is God’s love than your sin. Engraft yourself on the vine again—the only way your life will bear fruit.

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Rescued from the open field 16:5
Faithfulness to You, O Lord 16:15ff
Your covenant forever 16:60
Knowing that You are the Lord 16:62

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This is the Seventh Week in Easter, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; during Lent we read Jeremiah; during the Easter seasons, Ezekiel.

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