Ezekiel’s prophecies began with Jehoiachin as King of Judah until Zedekiah’s reign as the final King in Jerusalem. He had his turban taken off and crown removed as Jerusalem was crushed into ruin. The exalted will be humbled, the first will be last, and the last first.
25 “‘You profane and wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose time of punishment has reached its climax, 26 this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Take off the turban, remove the crown. It will not be as it was: The lowly will be exalted and the exalted will be brought low. 27 A ruin! A ruin! I will make it a ruin! The crown will not be restored until he to whom it rightfully belongs shall come; to him I will give it.’
As we watch the lives of some people around us, who are caught up in wrongdoing (whether corruption, adultery, crime, or drugs) we often wonder how far it will go. How low will their bottom point be? This is the question we ponder relating to Israel, whom God speaks of as rebellious to the point of a climax of punishment.
The exalted will be brought low, Ezekiel prophecies, and the lowly will be exalted. That was true in Ezekiel’s time, yet this language is familiar to us because we know of it from another King. We know of it from the King to whom the crown rightfully belongs. Listen to Jesus words:
11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
The new world order, which was ushered in with King Jesus, is a kingdom in which the humble will be exalted over the proud. Those who were exalted in power and by their strength will be lowered to their rightful place under the rule and reign of Jesus.
And so as we think about hitting bottom, and our thoughts go to that someone else whom we know is playing with fate. We think about the that person instead of thinking about ourselves. Yet we need to be humble and make ourselves last. Do it before it is done to you. We all flirt with the destruction of our days when we build houses of cards based on self and self-exaltation.
Embrace the humble world order. Embrace the kingdom of God.