[Ezekiel’s message to Pharaoh] “You think you’re a young lion prowling through the nations. You’re more like a dragon in the ocean, snorting and thrashing about.” Ezekiel 32:2
This week we will see the first of many debates for candidates running for president of the United States. When you look at the lineup of characters, you will find lions, dragons, horses, lambs, and maybe a kitten or puppy. The lion that roars the loudest will attract the attention of people who want change. Maybe we need a “lion” personality in the White House, but there is always the possibility the lion will turn into a dragon, like Pharaoh.
When God had enough of Pharaoh, he gave Ezekiel this message: “I’m going to throw my net over you–many nations will get in on this operation–and haul you out with my dragnet.” (vs. 3) Then, with some of the most graphic language you will read in the Bible, God tells how he will offer Pharaoh’s body to vultures and other animals.
A big God net would be one way to eliminate drug lords, terrorist leaders, bad political leaders, or anyone who rules with hatred. Unfortunately, any net that could capture a dragon and his forces would gather in the innocent, too. Suffering would resemble the days following the nuclear bombing that ended WWII.
Dear Lord, be our safety net that plucks us out of harm’s way. Amen.