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Friday, May 16, 2008

A few years ago I visited the area described in the prophecy against Edom found in Ezekiel 35.  We visited the remains of the famous city of Petra.

Throughout this prophecy God emphasizes that He would make this area desolate.  As we walked down the path between the towering rock walls on each side I kept this prophecy in mind.  Then as we came to the end of that crevice path and walked into the opening we faced what is known as The Treasury.  It is the king’s tomb carved out of the red tinted rock mountain side.  As impressive as it is to the eye with the sun shining on the massive façade, there is an eerie sense of desolation that grips you.

Then as you walk down the path further into the rock city that eerie sensation continues.  Beautifully carved tombs line the pathway.  An amphitheater once filled with entertainment seeking crowds now stands in silent witness of God’s truth.  Everywhere you look there is emptiness, desolation.

Those who built this city were geniuses.  They developed a water system that enabled them to have luxurious gardens in this arid region.  They had many advanced creature comforts.  And because of that narrow entryway with the towering rock walls, they felt as though their city was impregnable.

But God saw their pride and how ruthlessly they had gone out in raids and plundered others, and He pronounced judgment upon them.  I bear witness, that when God speaks, we had better take heed.

Petra is a silent witness that screams out to you that God keeps His word.

 

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