There’s a Judgment Day Coming on Judah Ezekiel 4-24, cont’d.
Ezekiel 8-11 Prophecies of Judgment through Visions, cont’d.
Ezekiel 10:1-7-A Vision of the Burning of Jerusalem
These verses speak of the burning of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. However, in order for the people to understand that this will happen as the result of God’s sovereign act and not just a set of circumstances…Ezekiel is given a vision of the cherubim. They are carrying fire and at the command of God it is dumped on Jerusalem. This is to signify that when the Babylonians set fire to Jerusalem…it will be an act of God’s judgment…not just an unaccounted circumstance.
Ezekiel 10:8-22-A Vision of the Appearance of the Cherubim
A detailed description of the cherubim is given here.
The glory of the Lord departs from the Temple to the east gate of the city (:18-19). God is symbolically withdrawing His presence from His people. This is the very worst judgment of all. God’s people are now on their own.
Ezekiel 11:1-13-A Vision of the Wicked Leaders
These leaders had told the people that they would be safe if they built their homes within the walls of Jerusalem. They would protect them like a “pot” (:3) holds its contents. However, Ezekiel told them that it would do just the opposite (:11). The death of Pelatiah was a forewarning of the coming judgment (:13).
Ezekiel 11:14-21-A Vision of the Restoration of Israel
This is the first promise of God that Israel will be restored to its land. God promises that He is going to gather His people back from the nations in which they have been scattered to the Promised Land.
- He will “give them one heart, and shall put a new spirit within them”.
- They will “walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances”.
- They will “be My people, and I shall be their God”.
In the meantime, God promises that He will be with them even in a foreign land (:16). God is not limited to one locality.
Ezekiel 11:22-23-A Vision of the Glory of God departing from Jerusalem
The glory of the Lord departs from the east gate of the city to the mountain which is to the east of the city (:23). The city of Jerusalem is now being left on its own.
Ezekiel 11:24-25-The Spirit takes him back to the exiles along the Chaldea River and he tells them everything that he had seen in the vision.
Ezekiel 12-24 Reasons & Certainty of Judgment through Object Lessons, Messages, a Proverb, and Parables
Ezekiel 12:1-16-The Object Lesson of Attempted Escape from Jerusalem
God tells Ezekiel to dig a hole through the wall of the city while people were watching and act like a person who is trying to escape from Jerusalem. He was to be a "sign" (12:6,11) to the people of what would happen when they would try to do this. This applies particularly to King Zedekiah...he would try to escape, be captured, and taken to Babylonia where his eyes would be gouged out.
Ezekiel 12:17-20-The Object Lesson of Trembling with Fear
Ezekiel is told to tremble, quiver, and be anxious when he eats his bread and drinks his water. This was to serve as a warning of how the people would be in the future when judgment comes.
Ezekiel 12:21-28-The Proverb about Failed Visions
Ezekiel had been prophesying for several months about doom and judgment, but nothing had happened, so far. Some people were becoming skeptical of his prophecies…saying that they had failed. Therefore, either they are not important to them because they would not happen for many years yet to come; or, they were not from God at all and they need not worry. God tells him to tell the people that there will no longer be a delay in the coming judgment.
Prayer: Lord, there can be nothing worse than for Your glory to depart from me. Please help me to seek You and to serve You in the manner which You determine. Don’t let me get caught up in any act of disobedience that would compromise my fellowship with You. Lord, please let Your glory fill my life.