Ezekiel 21 is called by many “The Song of the Sword.” Why? The word “sword” occurs no less than thirteen times in 32 verses, being repeated over and over again, doubled and thrice doubled in its significance.
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears
AN EXCURSUS ON “THE MAN OF SIN”
“Let not thy heart envy sinners; But be thou in the fear of Jehovah all the day long: For surely there is a reward; And thy hope shall not be cut off.” Proverbs 23
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
The soul of the wicked desireth evil: His neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes. When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
This is one of the most important passages in the Word of God, so important, in fact, that God gave the same message through two different prophets.
The keynote of this whole epistle is knowledge (2 Peter 1:2,3,5,6,8; 2 Peter 2:20,21; and 2 Peter 3:18); but it is a very special kind of knowledge which is meant. The Greek word is [@epignosis], that is, precise and correct knowledge.[
There is a dramatic switch in this chapter to the development of the most wonderful prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the appearance in our world of the Dayspring from on High, the holy Messiah, the True Israel of God, namely, The Lord Jesus Christ, who in spite of every hindrance, even the rejection of his own nation, would bring God’s salvation to the whole world, Jews and Gentiles alike.
Who is the great Avenger?
Listen to Ruth
listen to Zephaniah
Listen to Joel!