“They shall know that I am the Lord.”
If you’ve noticed one thing about Ezekiel it should be this singular motive of God’s—”They shall know that I am the Lord.” Repeated over fifty times, this phrase displays the power and sovereignty of God in the affairs of man. For much of the book, this phrase signals judgment upon Judah for their desperate devotion to false idols instead of the one true God. However, from Ezekiel 25-32, this phrase is a clarion call to the nations. God wants the world to recognize Him as Lord compared to their own self-aggrandizement. Tyrus boasts about his wisdom and all the wealth and security it has brought to him. The Lord even compares Tyrus’ pride with the ultimate example of pride, Satan himself in Ezekiel 28! Tyrus stole God’s glory for himself. God promised they would be scraped clean like the top of a rock (which by the way Alexander the Great accomplished). Their pride would bring them low. Egypt was a constant force with which to be reckoned. They robbed God of his glory when the Pharaoh claimed to be the creator and sustainer of Egyptian life. “My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself” (Ezekiel 29:3). They were self-sufficient. However, God promises they would buckle and break. They would know that He was God!
This is a typical fault of men and women. In Acts 12, Herod arrays himself in his kingly robes and gives a splendid oration. The people shouted, “It is the voice of a god, and not of a man” (Acts 12:22). The next verse echoes Ezekiel’s theme when “the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” (Acts 12:23). They shall know that He is God.
Every one of us has a choice. We can willingly acknowledge and worship the glory of God, or we can steal God’s glory for ourselves. Whenever someone steals God’s glory, they are lifting themselves up to be a god which is idolatry. When people compliment you on a job or for your talent, do you steal God’s glory? Have you secretly thought to yourself, “I can handle this because I am strong or smart or capable”? Watch out! Do not steal from God’s glory. Allow everything done through you reflect back to God. Let all the world see your good works and “glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). It is a good reminder for us to recalibrate our lives and ask God if anything has robbed Him of His glory in our life.