Egypt was a broken staff of reed

Last week, in preparation for a lesson I was presenting, I studied Ezekiel’s proclamation against Egypt. He says that Egypt has been a “staff of reed” to the house of Israel. Notice these verses from chapter 29.

Then all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD. “Because you have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel,  when they grasped you with the hand, you broke and tore all their shoulders; and when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins to shake.  (Ezekiel 29:6-7 ESV)

The prophet Isaiah spoke directly to Israel with the same lesson.

Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. (Isaiah 36:6 ESV)

Reeds are common along the banks of the Nile and the canals that take water to the fields needing it. The photo below shows a broken reed.

A broken reed does not make a good walking stick. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A broken reed does not make a good walking stick. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

There is a great lesson in this for each of us to avoid leaning on promises and systems of thought that will not hold us up in time of need.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

5 responses to “Egypt was a broken staff of reed

  1. Countersteak9 ja

    Thank you for helping me understand this better. You had the best explanation on this. Thank you and God bless you.

  2. Sandra Robinson

    ESo very true…in times of need,leaning on the world systems and their help will fail every time. In Katrina,saints of the Most high God went to unsaved relatives homes and were thrust out into the streets. They had nothing to go back place to turn to for just the beast of things to make life livable…and their own worldly blood relatives thrust them out of their homes. But God…who is dependable..came by in so many ways to support His children!

  3. i wish you would expound more. so it seems these reeds were used as walking sticks. to hold up the weak? and reliance on a broken one would prove disgraceful?

  4. Thanks for sharing; this is new to me…….I mean the background information you have shared as coming from the prophecies of Ezekiel and Isaiah. I’ll treasure tit and likewise share same. Thanks and may you be blessed abundantly.

    Cecil James

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