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 24:1-14-The Object Lesson of the Boiling Pot
Ezekiel tells a parable using a large pot of boiling food as a visual aid. It is a parable that portrays what is about to happen to Jerusalem as a result of the attack on it by Babylon. He told the parable on the very day that Babylon laid siege on Jerusalem (January 588; cf. 2 Kings 25:1). Notice the meanings of the various elements in this parable:
- The pot represents the city of Jerusalem. Even as the pot has been placed on a fire, so Jerusalem has surrounded by the fiery destruction that is to come from the attack of Babylon.
- The items (vegetables and meat) placed in the pot represent the people of Jerusalem. It is to be cooked vigorously, to the degree that even the bones will become soft (:5,10). Even so, the people of Jerusalem will be destroyed by the siege of Babylon.
- The blood represents the sinful behavior of the people. Even as the blood was spilled out of the pot, the people have spilled the blood of innocent people (:7,9). The blood that was spilled out of the pot is seen on the rocks around the pot…it has not been covered up. Even so, those who have spilled the blood of innocent people have not tried to cover up their sin. They are open and rebellious about it.
For this sinful behavior, God says that He is going to judge Judah and He will not be dissuaded.
Ezekiel 24:15-27-The Object Lesson of a Dying Wife
God tells Ezekiel that his wife is going to die, but that he is not to mourn over her. This was to be a sign to the people of how they were going to react when they heard about the death of Jerusalem. Because of the continuing onslaught of Babylon, they will have neither time, nor opportunity, to mourn over its destruction. Notice that God says that Ezekiel’s wife was “the desire of your eyes” (:16). The words suggest that Ezekiel love his wife, dearly. She was going to die “with a blow”…meaning suddenly, perhaps by a plague (:16; cf. Numbers 14:37). But God tells Ezekiel that while he could “groan silently” over her death…he was not allowed to do so publicly. Instead, he must dress and act as if nothing at all had happened.
- He must deny himself the satisfaction of mourning for his wife, which would have been both an honour to her and an ease to the oppression of his own spirit. He must not use the natural expressions of sorrow, v. 16. He must not give vent to his passion by weeping, or letting his tears run down, though tears are a tribute due to the dead, and, when the body is sown, it is fit that it should thus be watered. But Ezekiel is not allowed to do this, though he thought he had as much reason to do it as any man and would perhaps be ill thought of by the people if he did it not. Much less might he use the customary formalities of mourners. He must dress himself in his usual attire, must bind his turban on him, here called the tire of his head, must put on his shoes, and not go barefoot, as was usual in such cases; he must not cover his lips, not throw a veil over his face (as mourners were wont to do, Lev. 13:45), must not be of a sorrowful countenance, appearing unto men to fast, Mt. 6:18. He must not eat the bread of men, nor expect that his neighbours and friends should send him in provisions, as usually they did in such cases, presuming the mourners had no heart to provide meat for themselves; but, if it were sent, he must not eat of it, but go on in his business as at other times. It could not but be greatly against the grain to flesh and blood not to lament the death of one he loved so dearly, but so God commands; and I did in the morning as I was commanded. He appeared in public, in his usual habit, and looked as he used to do, without any signs of mourning.
Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Ezekiel 24,
When the people asked Ezekiel why he was behaving this way, he explained that God had instructed him to do so as a sign to them. God was going to take those things that were “the desire of your eyes” (:21) from them…Jerusalem, itself along with the Temple, and their children (:21). When that happens they are to mourn as Ezekiel had. Remember, Ezekiel is in Babylon and he is telling the Jews who had been deported there about an event that was going to happen in Jerusalem. In the meantime, evidently, Ezekiel became “dumb”…unable to speak (:27). And then later, when the refuges from Jerusalem arrive to tell them what had happened, it would be a confirmation of the prophecy that Ezekiel had made and he will again be allowed to speak (:26-27).
There’s a Judgment Day Coming on the Nations Ezekiel 25-32
These chapters contain prophecies of judgment against foreign nations. God is going to judge them for their sins.
Ezekiel 25:1-7-Judgment of Ammon. The Ammonites used Babylon’s victory over Judah as an opportunity to take from them whatever they could.
Ezekiel 25:8-11-Judgment of Moab. Both Ammon and Moab were destroyed by Babylon in the 5th year after the destruction of Jerusalem. The “sons of the east” are nomadic tribes that lived on the eastern side of the Jordan River.
Ezekiel 25:12-14-Judgment of Edom
Ezekiel 25:15-17-Judgment of Philistia
Ezekiel 26:1-28:19-Judgment of Tyre
Prayer: Father, please help me to understand Your holiness. It is only when I do so…that I will begin to truly understand the depravity of sin. Without Your holiness as a guide, a standard, I have nothing with which to adequately compare sin. As a result, sin does not seem as bad as it is. I will be deceived. But not only that, Lord…but help me to understand Your holiness so that I will forever be in awe and wonder of You.