Archive for December 13th, 2017

In today’s reading from Ezekiel, Gog is ruler of the land of Magog.  It is not entirely clear where this is, although scholars have some ideas, but it is clear that there are allies and that some of these allies likely come from some distance away.  It also reads like a future, decisive event in the story of Israel.

Ezekiel’s prophesy is a picture of war which would be both familiar and feared; these seem like skilled warriors, a whole army, many on horseback, well-armed, attacking when the nation has dropped its guard, “when my people Israel are living in safety” (38:14), looting, plundering and attacking defenceless people.

This army is ‘supersized’; “you will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army” (38:15) and its leader likewise seems larger than life.  Therefore, although Gog is described as a real person, metaphorically he could also be a representation of the enemy in general.

With this mighty, seemingly invincible force in mind, how amazing then will God’s defeat of these forces be; “I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains” (38:21), “On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you” (39:4).  The very earth will shake (see 38:20).  With this victory, all will know God’s name and that He is in charge of what happens to His people.

This warlike approach to defeating one’s enemies can be difficult for us to understand in the modern age, but invading armies and the effects of war are regretfully still familiar to us.  It is hard to be patient waiting for the victory to come to pass.  Ezekiel reminds us that God is ultimately in charge over His enemies, now and at the end of days.  Understanding that there will be attacks in many forms, but ultimately having the victory over them is there for us to see in the life of Jesus, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


















Thank You Lord that You have the victory in our lives. 

“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10).

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