I confess that this morning’s reading from Ezekiel 24 made me catch my breath. How could the prophet bear the loss of his wife who was the delight of his eyes (Ezekiel 24:16) and follow the command of God to not show any emotion? And beyond that, how could God bring this into his life? Read the following paragraph from Carson:
A tiny hint of how Ezekiel viewed his wife peeps through the expression that God uses:“the delight of your eyes” (Ezekiel 24:16). If Ezekiel was thirty years of age in the fifth year of the exile (Ezekiel 1:1–2), then now in the ninth year (Ezekiel 24:1) he could not have been more than thirty-four or thirty-five, and probably his wife was no older. Ezekiel is not the only leader of God’s people to suffer devastating personal bereavement. Here he is told in advance that the blow will come (to know in advance is both a blessing and an agony), but he is also commissioned not to grieve: his silence on such an occasion, in a society known for its uninhibited expressions of grief, becomes another symbolic prophetic action.1
I cannot understand all of God’s ways, all I can do is trust His hand. This event in Ezekiel’s life is reminiscent of an event in the life of Isaac — an impossible command and an impossible response done in the powerful trust in the powerful God. I wonder what impact this has in the minds and emotions of the exiles.
Psalm 72 is a palm written by Solomon and is a foreshadow of the Millennial reign of Christ. The Bible Knowledge Commentary shares this introduction,
Two psalms (72; 127) are attributed to“Solomon.” If Psalm 72 is his, it may describe his reign. Also it speaks of the millennial reign of the Messiah. The psalm describes the blessings that flow from the righteousness of God’s theocratic ruler. The psalmist fully expected that the king would reign in righteousness and peace on behalf of the oppressed, and that his dominion would extend over many kings, from sea to sea. The psalmist prayed for the blessing of peace and prosperity, basing his appeal on the fact that the king is a savior of the oppressed and is therefore worthy of honor, power, and dominion.2
These are three verses that caught my attention this morning from Psalm 72. Ps. 72:12 and Ps. 72:13, the Lord is the champion of the needy. Her is the Deliverer of the person in a vulnerable place. The third verse is Ps. 72:19.
Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
1 D. A. Carson, For the Love of God: a Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word., vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1998), 25.
2 Allen P. Ross, “Psalms,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 846.