Babylon like today

Ezekiel 17


But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such [things]? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

Israel broke their contract with Babylon by going to Egypt for help to rebel against Babylon. The Lord compared Israel to a vine planted by one eagle that stretched out to another eagle and gave fruit to it. What would the first eagle do? The Lord would judge Israel because they had not just despised Babylon's oath, but they had really despised the Lord's oath.

This is hard to understand because Babylon wasn't such a great place. Except for Israel's sin and judgment, it's not really where they were supposed to be. The government there wasn't even really following the true Lord. But it was where the Lord had them.

Maybe the Lord has us, His people today, in the place where He wants us. Our situations might be unpleasant. We might be serving under authorities who aren't so great, who don't really follow the Lord, and weren't the Lord's original plan. But it's where the Lord put us, where He wants us, and where He told us to be right now. We have a commitment. We need to keep our commitment to stay where the Lord has us and follow Him here. If we rebel, we rebel against Him, and He will judge us for that.

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