(31 verses, 4:47 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Ezekiel preaches the law against Israel, which gives us an insight into what things were like before the 587 B.C. fall of Jerusalem.
- vv.1-12: Ezekiel lists some of the evils the inhabitants of Jerusalem have done.
- vv. 13-22: God threatens punishment for their sins.
- vv. 23-31: Ezekiel lists more of Jerusalem’s evils and finds no one righteous.
- God, though the prophet Ezekiel, prosecutes the case against Israel. It is interesting to note that the family structure, which is rooted in God’s created order of marriage in from Genesis 2:24, has been eroded to nothing: father and mother were treated with contempt, which resulted in mistreatment of the poor and all manner of sexual immorality. This also affected the worship life in Jerusalem. Without the natural structure of the family in place to hand on the faith, the things of God were neglected and other gods found their way into the lives of the people.
- God mocked the courage of Jerusalem’s sinfulness, which would result in their being scattered among the nations. When Jerusalem fell in 587 B.C. and Jerusalem’s inhabitants were deported to different parts of the Babylonian Empire, the Lord’s Word proved true.
- In the midst of this chapter’s condemnation, there isn’t much in the way of hope for salvation. However, this is always the goal of the preaching of the Law. The Lord uses the Law to smash any idols that we hold. However, this is not to drive us to despair, but so that we might look to Him for mercy and salvation. The imagery of melting silver in verse 22 may be a hint of this. Malachi uses this image to describe how God purifies His people by removing their sin. This image of cleansing from sin then leads to righteous offerings being brought to God. Likewise, when we suffer in this life, we may think of such suffering as the work of God to cleanse us from sin. This is because God is conforming us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29), who was crucified for our sin. Likewise, in being conformed to the crucified Christ, our flesh experiences this pain, in order that we might look to God alone for our salvation.
- Prayer: From depths of woe I cry to Thee, Lord, hear me, I implore Thee. Bend down Thy gracious ear to me, my prayer let come before Thee. If Thou rememb’rest each misdeed, if each should have its rightful meed, who may abide Thy presence? And though it tarry till the night and till the morning waken, my heart shall never doubt His might nor count itself forsaken. Do thus, o ye of Israel’s seed, Ye of the Spirit born indeed; wait for your God’s appearing. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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