There’s a Judgment Day Coming on Judah Ezekiel 4-24, cont’d.
Ezekiel 12-24 Reasons & Certainty of Judgment through Object Lessons, Messages, a Proverb, and Parables, cont’d.
Ezekiel 13:1-23-God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the false prophets and those who practice magic. There were prophets who thought that God was speaking to them…but in actuality, all they were hearing was their own thoughts (:1-2). They cannot cause something to happen. They just say that something is going to happen (which they think might actually be possible) and then hope that it does so that they can claim that God had told them (:6). God says that since they are lying about hearing from Him…He is opposed to them (:8-9). These false prophets are like builders who paint over defects in the construction (:10). There were also women who were trying to use magic spells to curse some people (in order to control them) and provide blessings for others (:19). God says that He is about to put an end to all of this (:23).
13:1-16 There were two classes of false prophets: those who represented false gods (the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:19), and those who spoke falsehoods in the name of the Lord (as here; cf. Jer. 23:9-32; 28; 29:15-32).
The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Ezekiel 13:1-16, p. 1241
Ezekiel 14:1-11-God speaks against the elders who have come to seek the LORD's counsel...but in their hearts they really worship other gods.
Ezekiel 14:12-21-God says that when He determines to pass judgment on Israel...there is nothing and no one that could save them. Not even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in their midst...their righteousness would not be able to save the people, only themselves. God mentions these men four times (:14,16,18,20). God mentions four different “severe judgments” (:21) that He will send.
- Famine (:13)
- Wild beasts (:15)
- Sword (:17)
- Plague (:19)
- Sword, famine, wild beasts, plague (:21)
His point is that no man, not even these special men, can save another man. Each man is responsible for his own life.
Ezekiel 14:22-23-Yet, God says that there will be some who survive His judgment...and that will bring Ezekiel comfort and he will realize what God has done.
Ezekiel 15:1-8-Judah is compared to the wild vines that grow in the forests...in contrast to those that are cultivated. Those that grow wild are good for nothing and serve no purpose. Such is Judah. So, God is going to judge Judah. And that only makes things worse. If the wild vine is not worth anything before it is burned...it is worth even less when it has been. So, if Judah is worthless now…it will be even more so after it has been judged.
Prayer: Father, I pray that You would speak to my heart…loud and clear. Don’t let me be deceived by thinking that the voice of others, or even my own voice, is Yours. Help me to know with certainty when it is You who is speaking…and when it is not. I want to know Your will, Your desire and purpose