Ezekiel 38:17–23

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Ezekiel spends a lot of time talking about Gog and the things that will happen to him, so when the Lord asks the question in verse 17, it is a bit confusing. Nowhere else in the Old Testament is Gog mentioned, though there are some other prophecies of enemies coming from the north. So then, is Gog the one the Lord spoke of through His prophets for years? Apparently not! There are not many instances of the Lord being sarcastic, but I believe this is one of them. Gog amasses a great army and thinks he’s going to be this famous conquering invader whose coming is foretold for a long time.

Instead he’s treated as a footnote. Ezekiel recorded more words for the destruction of Tyre than Gog gets in the entire Bible. Furthermore, Gog’s accomplishments amount to only assembling an army and provoking the wrath of the Lord. As this army marches against Israel, they are opposed and stopped by only one Warrior. The Lord Himself rises to defend the land of His people, and His presence is felt across the whole world. An earthquake sends mountains, cliffs, and walls tumbling down; Gog’s army begins fighting itself; rain, hailstones, fire, and sulfur comed down in torrents upon them. The combined might of the world are pitted against the holiness of Yahweh, and they are outmatched.

There is no one like You in might, righteousness, and holiness.

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