Thursday, March 07, 2013

Deep Waters

Ezekiel 32:14 KJV
Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.

Water running like oil just intrigued me this morning. The passage is a continuing judgment against Egypt made by Ezekiel while he was in Babylonian captivity. (I can't help but think of that remnant of Jews who, against Jeremiah's protest, thought they could escape further hardship by fleeing into Egypt.)

The sense is that Egypt has been troubling the waters of the world with her pompous but, ultimately, impotent claims. They were once a major player, in world history, but that day would come to an end. Then the waters of the world, representing peoples and nations, would be turned to a quiet state. The mud would settle and the “quieted river would run smoothly and in great peace.”[1]

Whatever unsettling and stirring Egypt has done has now long been settled. She remains, (as a testimony to the grace of God) but she remains as little more that a byword on the history of mankind.

[1] Matthew Poole

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