Ezekiel starts out asking God a question. It’s interesting to note that the prophet had no qualms about it. A lot of people today, mostly Catholics won’t dare ask God a question because they think He’s too busy. God is *never* too busy for anyone. His answer is basically “Nope, not gonna use that anymore” (Ezekiel was asking God why they used a proverb), “but what you will use is this…” and He goes into an exposition on how everyone is His. He is Lord over all the earth, not just the righteous, but the sinner, too.
At first I wasn’t sure why this was added, until I reached the last few verses. Paul is describing Jesus and what He did during his earthy ministry. Yes, He is God, but He also humbled himself and became obedient to God the Father. In doing that God the Son was exalted so that everyone will bow the knee, not just on the earth, but those “under” the earth. Those that are dead will bow the knee and acknowledge that He is Lord of all.
The Gospel section is about obedience. Isn’t that what the previous scriptures are all about, too? The Ezekiel and Philippians show forced obedience, but Matthew shows willing obedience on the part of the dredges of society. “Society’s worst may become God’s best” is a comment in the translation of the scriptures I’m using. Those people know that they have nothing but God to depend on. It’s so true that the rich have a difficult time getting into heaven. They have all this money and think it can buy anything and everything. So when they die they get the shock of their life (or existence by this time) that it won’t do any good. Money isn’t the key, it’s all about obedience.