Do not mock my people

 Do you ever find it interesting how the Lord can be full of wrath for how Israel is acting and yet doesn't allow others to poke fun at his chosen people?

Today the Lord is angry with Ammon because they rejoiced over the Lord's punishment of her.

He's very clear isn't he?

"Thus says the Lord GOD, Because you said, ‘Aha!’ over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when they went into exile.....Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel."   BECAUSE you laughed at my people.....you shall be punished.

God is not only a jealous God in how he is worshipped (he's the only one who should be worshipped).  He's also jealous for his people.  

He is indeed so angry with the Ammonites that he will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you.   And why will he do this?

For the exact same reason he disciplines The house of Israel.

So they will know that HE IS LORD GOD.  

That's what God wants the peoples of the earth to know.  Whether they are his chosen own or just generic folks... he wants them to know that he is the LORD GOD.   Even here in Ezekiel you find God's global concern for the world.   He wants everyone to know him as Lord God.



I don't know about you but I find this all very comforting.
It's like God is being a big ole mamma hen here.  Minding his children well but  not allowing others to turn upon them.

Still showing that love and concern for others (wanting them all to know just who he is, and if people understand who God is they will trust him with their very life.  But at the same time letting them know that only HE is allowed to discipline his people, and only the instruments he deems to use.  And NO-ONE is allowed to laugh at his people in distress.

Just comforting.  :) 

    [25:1] The word of the LORD came to me: [2] “Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites and prophesy against them. [3] Say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Because you said, ‘Aha!’ over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when they went into exile, [4] therefore behold, I am handing you over to the people of the East for a possession, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings in your midst. They shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. [5] I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and Ammon a fold for flocks. Then you will know that I am the LORD. [6] For thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within your soul against the land of Israel, [7] therefore, behold, I have stretched out my hand against you, and will hand you over as plunder to the nations. And I will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
(Ezekiel 25:1-7 ESV)



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