Ezekiel 9: The Slaughter of Jerusalem

(11 verses, 2:11 to read)


What I an about the READ

  • Ezekiel has a vision of the slaughter of Jerusalem.


  • Here’s the outline:
    • 9:1-2, The Lord calls forth those who have charge of the city of Jerusalem. Six come forth, all of them with battle axes. One of the six is dressed in linen, and has an inkhorn for writing.
    • 9:3-4, The man with the inkhorn is commissioned by God to mark the foreheads of the repentant, “all those who sign and cry over the abominations that are done within” the city.
    • 9:5-7, The other five are then sent out to execute all the people who are not marked, beginning in the sanctuary of the temple.
    • 9:8-10, Left alone, Ezekiel prays, and the Lord speaks the judgment of the city.
    • 9:11, The man with the inkhorn reports back, his work accomplished.


  • Notice, first of all, that it is repentance which saves the people. Those who mourned over their own sins and especially the sins of the nations where the ones who escaped God’s punishment.
  • The image of having a protective mark reminds us of Cain (see Genesis 4:15), as well as the passages in Revelation which speak of the protection provided by the Lord’s seal (see Revelation 7:2-3, 9:4).


  • This chapter offers a captivating vision. The man in linen goes before the destroyers, looking for the repentant people of God, and like the homes marked with blood at Passover, those who are marked as repentant are spared destruction and the Lord’s wrath. This reminds us of the thing that matters most in this life, hearing the Lord’s Word of law and Gospel, and by His Word living a life of repentance. May God grant it for Christ’s sake.


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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO




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