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Ezekiel 29:17-30:19


** Note that this post actually belongs before the previous one.  I got mixed up.  So pretend for a second that Ned is still the king of Babylon.

Because Ned was not able to fully subdue Tyre and therefore did not receive his ‘payment’ for doing the Lord’s work, God sends him to Egypt to destroy the Egyptian monarchy.  This raises a couple of questions:

Is the reason that Ned was not able to fulfill God’s prophecy against Tyre that the people rebelled and fled to Egypt?  Did God call an audible from the plan announced in Ezekiel 26 and decide to put off the destruction of Tyre until Alexander’s day in favor of addressing the more pressing issue?

In what sense does Ned get ‘payment’ for being used by God?  This passage makes it seems like he needs remuneration for his services as God’s hammer of war, as if there’s a contractual/commercial transaction going on here between Ned and God.  Is that right?  Or would it be more right to imagine the payment operating at the level of Ned’s motivation and free will — as in, God lures Ned to Tyre to do His bidding with the promise of lucre and plunder?  I have to admit, that’s a bit worrisome for me.

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