ESEGIËL 29:1-16: TEEN EGIPTE OF TEEN ISRAEL?

H F Van Rooy

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EZK 29:1-16: AGAINST EGYPT OR AGAINST ISRAEL?

This article deals with the prophecy against Egypt in Ezekiel 29:1-16 to demonstrate that the message of this prophecy must be understood in the light of the situation of the people to whom it was directed. Although it is a prophecy against Egypt, the original audience for this prophecy was the exiles in Babylonia. The message of this prophecy to the exiles is explored, as well as the message of the redaction of this prophecy during and after the exile. This is followed by an attempt to define the message of the prophecy for today. With regard to a minister’s preaching in South Africa within the current situation, it is concluded that one must be careful not to concentrate on institutions and matters which one opposes as that can result in a congregation being left untouched and feeling insecure because it is also against these things. Preaching of the word of God must activate congregation to do what is in their power to do, to alleviate the situation in South Africa – and not leave them basking securely in inaction.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/31-0-1772

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