“For the Lord says: ‘I am against you, Israel. I will unsheathe my sword and destroy your people, good and bad alike – I will not spare even the righteous.” Ezekiel 21:3-4
“Who but God can give me strength to conquer these fortified cities? Who else can lead me into Edom? Lord, have you thrown us away? Have you deserted our army? Oh, help us fight against our enemies, for men are useless allies.” Psalm 108:10-12
“The One Year Bible” have put Ezekiel 21-22 together with Psalm 108. They are good fit.
If you want to get discouraged, read Ezekiel 21 & 22! Things are bad and going to get worse.
Take note that even the so-called “righteous” will not be spared.
I wonder if these folks were “righteous” in their own eyes or were they righteous but not doing what God wanted? I don’t know. I do know that God is including them in the punishments to come.
Maybe “righteous” refers to the priests because God goes after them in Ezekiel 22:26: “Your priests have violated my laws and defiled my Temple and my holiness. To them the things of God are no more important than any daily task.”
At the end of Ezekiel 22, God admits that He has looked for someone (anyone) who actually lives righteously and has the Godly sense to ask Him for help. Sadly, no one is found!
BUT along comes prayerful David in Psalm 108. He is well aware of the size of the enemy but He is also aware that God is not overwhelmed by any enemy. Men are overwhelmed but God isn’t. David sees that relying on men, and not God, is useless.
What a lesson! Evil is formidable for sure. God is more formidable. My trust must be in Him not in other things such as the police, the government, my health insurance etc…