This week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Vaeira covering Ezekiel 28:25-29:21. This portion reveals Yehovah as maestro—orchestrating kings, nations and events to further the day when the house of Israel, and all mankind, will know who he is. Ezekiel’s prophecy that a revelation of God would result from the ingathering can be witnessed today. However, not all who see believe, and Gordon draws an ominous parallel between Pharaoh claiming the Nile as his own and those who boast about modern-day Israel without giving credit to Yehovah.
Despite the firmest handle on language, history and context, every phrase in the Tanakh cannot definitively be explained and we meet several examples in this portion. Gordon and Johnson offer educated guesses on when Egypt was desolate for 40 years and to what monster and to which years Ezekiel refers.
Gordon examines Ezekiel’s prophecy of the horn that will “spring up” and looks at other verses in the Tanakh where “tsemach” is used. Gordon concludes that when Messiah “springs up,” all will know that Yehovah is the one who carries out judgments, who redeems, who is in control, and who is worthy of praise.
"Thus says Lord Yehovah, 'Behold, I am against you Pharaoh King of Egypt, the great crocodile that lies in wait in the Nile'" Ezekiel 29:3