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Book of Ezekiel
Ezekiel, chapters 24-27
Ezekiel 25:14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)
Since most of Ezekiel’s prophecies were performed by Babylon’s army, how was this prophecy fulfilled?
Even though they were descendants of Abraham through Isaac, the people of Edom had demonstrated hatred toward the people of Israel all through their history.
Psalm 137:7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. (KJV)
Amos 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever: (KJV)
When Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and took the Jews captive, Edom was seemingly an ally of Babylon (Oba.1:1, 7).
But, about fifty years later, under the new Babylon King, Nabonidus, an army that included Jewish soldiers conquered Edom, thereby fulfilling the aforementioned prophecy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabonidus
Edom did not survive as a nation (Oba.1:10). How absolutely awe-inspiring it is to see the Lord GOD’S prophecies fulfilled. This is proof that GOD does exist!
Chapter 24 brings us the parable of the boiling pot and the death of Ezekiel's wife. God will use both of these to speak to the people.
The parable of a boiling pot shows the destruction of Jerusalem, the bloody city (24:1-14). Ezekiel is forbidden to mourn for the death of his wife (24:5-18), to indicate that this calamity of the Jews would be beyond any or all expressions of sorrow (24:19-24). In that day of affliction the prophet’s mouth shall be opened to their verdict (24:25-27).
The Fate of Jerusalem (24:1-14)
The boiling pot represented Jerusalem besieged by the Chaldeans . . . all orders and ranks were within the city walls, prepared as a prey for the enemy. They should have put away their transgressions, as the scum, which rises by the heat of the fire, is taken from the top of the pot. But they grew worse, and their miseries increased. Jerusalem was to be levelled with the ground. The time appointed for the punishment of wicked men may seem to come slowly, but it will come surely. It is sad to think how many there are, on whom ordinances and providences are all lost.
The Degree of the Sufferings of the Jews (24:15-27)
Although mourning for the dead is a duty, yet it must be kept under by religion and right reason: we must not sorrow as men that have no hope. Believers must not copy the language and expressions of those who know not God. The people asked the meaning of the sign. GOD takes from them all that was dearest to them. And as Ezekiel did not weep for his affliction, so neither should they weep for theirs. Glory be to GOD, we need not pine away under our afflictions; for even though all comforts fail, and all sorrows be united, yet the broken heart and the mourner's prayer are always acceptable before GOD.
The Fate of Jerusalem (24:1-14)
Prophecy against Judah
Ezekiel 24:1 Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (KJV)
Again, in the ninth year . . . of Jehoiachin's captivity, from which the dates of Ezekiel are, and of Zedekiah's reign, which began together.
In the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month . . . the month Tebet, which answers to part of our December, and part of January; so that it was at the latter end of December when this prophecy was spoken; at which time Jerusalem was besieged by the king of Babylon, in the winter season. Ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month (2 Ki.25:1; Jer.39:1; 52:4).
The word of the LORD came unto me, . . . the prophet was now in Babylon, far from Jerusalem, saying the following:
Ezekiel 24:2 Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day. (KJV)
Son of man, write thee the name of the day . . . son of man (2:1); write thee the name of the day . . . what day of the week it was, as well as what day of the month; as whether the first, second or third . . . for it seems the Jews had no names for their days, as we have.
Even of this same day . . . the prophet is told to write it all correctly and exactly, that there would be no mistake; that it might not only be remembered by him, but known by the people; so that when they should hear the fact afterwards spoken of, and exactly agreeing with this prediction, they would have to admit that Ezekiel was indeed a true prophet; since this would be a confirmation of the Word of the LORD coming to him.
The king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day . . . brought his army to Jerusalem, laid siege against it, and prepared everything to carry it out. He most likely did this in person, although afterwards he retired, and left the command of his army with his captains (2 Ki.25:23; Jer.40:7-11); and this was exactly the day before mentioned (2 Ki.25:1). The Prophet Ezekiel was now in Chaldea, many miles from Judea, and yet had this account the very same day, from the LORD Himself, who is omniscient and omnipresent.
Ezekiel 24:3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it: (KJV)
And utter a parable to the rebellious house . . . rebellious is what the Jews are called (2:3-8), not so much because of their rebellion against the king of Babylon, but because of their rebellion against GOD, and the breach of His laws (2:3). Ezekiel is tell them, in a symbolic way, the miseries that were coming upon them for their wickedness . . . here in the parable of a boiling pot.
And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD . . . Ezekiel was speaking in the LORD’S Name, and what he brought came directly from the LORD! The prophet was clothed with His authority; so that the following parable might not be thought to be a figment of his own imagination.
Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it . . . set a pot on the fire, and do it quickly. This pot is the city of Jerusalem, which was about to be brought into great distress and ruin. It was not a cauldron of brass, wherein the inhabitants should be as safe as if they had walls of brass about them, as they vainly boasted (11:3), but a boiling pot, such an one as Jeremiah saw (Jer.1:13), to which reference is here had; in which the people would be destroyed.
And also pour water into it . .. . fill it with water; for as a pot that is full of water on the fire is thoroughly heated, so shall Jerusalem be filled with the judgments of GOD.
Ezekiel 24:4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones. (KJV)
Gather the pieces thereof into it . . . the fire being made, the pot set on it, and water poured into it, the next thing is to put in the pieces that are to be boiled; which are to be gathered . . . the pieces mean the people of the land, that were to be gathered from the several parts of it . . . for their security, so they thought . . . but the event proved it was for their ruin instead.
And every good piece, the thigh and the shoulder . . . the princes and nobility, the great and the mighty, the rich and wealthy of the people; who, upon the invasion, got together in Jerusalem, to supposedly safeguard their persons and their substance.
Fill it with the choice bones . . . or with the strongest among the people; the soldiers, or such as were fit for war; the best of their army, brought there to supposedly defend the city . . . but, instead to be slain, as they were. The Targum is, gather the princes thereof into the midst of her, every terrible man and warrior; fill her with the army of the people.
Ezekiel 24:5 Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein. (KJV)
Take the choice of the flock . . . king, princes, nobles, magistrates, priests and rulers of the people.
And burn also the bones under it . . . or burn the bones of them that are slain in it; meaning the great slaughter of them; or possibly the bones of the innocent that had been murdered in it; which were the cause of these judgments coming upon them; and caused the wrath of GOD to burn all the more fiercely against them; or the bones of the wicked.
And make it boil well . . . the pot is filled with water that it may be very hot and boiling; meaning the severity of the judgments of GOD in the city, to the destruction of many by sword, famine, and pestilence (5:12; 6:11-12).
And let them seethe the bones of it therein . . . that even the strongest among them would be weakened and destroyed by the length and severity of the siege, and the judgments joining it. The Targum is, bring near the kings of the people, and even join auxiliaries with them; hasten the time of it yea, let her slain be cast in the midst of her.
Ezekiel 24:6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it. (KJV)
Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD, woe to the bloody city . . . here, Ezekiel begins to explain the parable, showing that the pot means the city of Jerusalem, called the bloody city, because of the blood of the prophets, and of righteous persons, and of innocent babies, that was shed in it; and which was the reason for the judgments of GOD coming upon her, which would bring about her destruction . . . therefore woe be unto her!
Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. (KJV)
To the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it . . . when a pot boils, impurities [scum] rise to the top. The cook usually takes off the scum . . scum here meaning the filth and wickedness of the Jews, which would work up in the boiling pot, and be seen as the judgments of GOD upon them . . . yet they would not be removed, but continue on the people, not repented of, and not pardoned! This indicates that they would remain hardened in their sins; and that the judgments of GOD would have no effect upon them to bring them to repentance; and that GOD would have no mercy on them, nor pardon their sins. Theword scum appears only in Ezekiel, in 3 places (24:6, 11-12).
Bring it out piece by piece . . . meaning the people that were in Jerusalem, people of every class and rank, and of every age and sex . . . suggesting that they would not be all destroyed at once, but some at one time, and some at another; some in one way, and some in another; some by famine, others by the pestilence, and others by the sword; some by charging out upon the enemy; others by trying to make a private escape, and fall into their hands.
Let no lot fall upon it . . . to save some, and destroy others, as is often done in war; suggesting that ALL were destined to destruction, in some way or another; and none would be spared . . . those that escaped the pestilence would die by famine; and those that escaped them both would die by the sword . . . and ALL that escaped all three judgments would be carried into captivity. The Targum is, captivity upon captivity shall go out with her, because repentance was not in her.
Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust; (KJV)
For her blood is in the midst of her . . . her blood, innocent persons’ blood which she had shed, openly and publicly, with no fear, no shame, no reluctance, crying out for vengeance.
She set it upon the top of a rock . . . where blood would not soak in, as when spilled on the earth . . . this shows her daring and boldness in shedding blood, and not being ashamed of it, nor afraid of punishment for it . . . but instead content and proud in it. Possibly there may be a reference to the tops of hills and mountains, where idolatry was committed, together with shedding human blood of infants sacrificed to Baal (Jer.19:5; 32;35), where it might be clearly seen, she did not even try to hide her murders, as the next words clear it.
She poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust . . . she did not do anything at all to hide her sin; never once thinking of how heinous and terrible it was, having no guilt whatsoever, nor was there ever any regret or repentance. The Targum of the whole is, because innocent blood which is shed in the midst of her; with pride and with a high arm she shed it; she shed it not through ignorance that she might repent of it. The law ordered the blood even of a beast or fowl to be covered with the dust (Lev.17:13); but Jerusalem was so shameless that she took no pains to cover up the blood of innocent men and children slain in her. Blood, it seems here, is the consummation of all sin, takes as fact every other form of guilt.
Ezekiel 24:8 That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered. (KJV)
That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance . . . into the heart and mind of GOD, into His Face, seeing such gross and open wickedness, the LORD was determined to show His resentment, His wrath and displeasure, and take vengeance on such capital and impudent offenders. Fury to come up, fury is the tremendous anger of GOD, it is sin thrown into the Face of GOD (38:18).
To take vengeance . . . this speaks of retaliation, to punish such sinners according to the nature of their sin.
I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it might not be covered . . . by way of fair retaliation; that as her sin was publicly committed, and no repentance shown for it, so too, her punishment should be open and clear to all the world, and no forgiveness would be granted her. The Targum is, I have revealed their sins, because they have shed innocent blood openly, that it might not be forgiven.
Ezekiel 24:9 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great. (KJV)
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Woe to the bloody city . . . (24:6; 22:3; 23:3), woe to the bloody city (Nah3:1; Hab.2:12). Jerusalem, the holy city (Isa.52:1), now deserves the same name as Nineveh, bloody city (Nah.3:1.)
I will even make the pile for fire great . . . GOD’S Hand shall be seen inflicting all those sore afflictions on them. Judgments are as a fire, the fuel here is to be great; for it is a fire to consume the wicked, and GOD will make it adequately great to do this. He would bring the mighty Chaldean army, which like a pile of wood set on fire, shall burn them up. The Targum is, even I will multiply her destruction.
Ezekiel 24:10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. (KJV)
Heap on wood, kindle the fire . . . kindle the fire; begin the execution of judgment. This is said either to the prophet, to do this in a symbolic way; or to the Chaldean army, to prepare for the siege, encompass the city, begin their attacks, and throw in their stones out of their slings and engines, and arrows from their bows.
Consume the flesh . . . not entirely, but thoroughly boil it; indicating the severe sufferings the inhabitants would undergo before their utter ruin.
Spice it well . . . either to take away the foul smell, or to express the pleasing savor of this justice to GOD, and men whom He appointed to this work . . . or spice it well could mean batter their walls, beat down their houses, distress them in all ways possible; suggesting that this would be welcome to the LORD, as His justice would be glorified in the destruction of this wicked people, as the plunder of them would be like a spiced and sweet morsel to the enemy; whose appetites would be sharpened and to whom the plundering the city would be as agreeable as would be well seasoned meat to a hungry man.
And let the bones be burnt . . . even the strongest and most powerful among the people destroyed, who held out the longest in the siege, would be burned either under the pot, or in it. The Targum of the whole is, multiply kings; gather an army; order the auxiliaries, and prepare against her warriors, and let her mighty ones be confounded. No one would safe because the destruction would be universal . . . the greatest, strongest, and firmest of these Jews shall perish in this fiery fury from the Lord GOD! A great lesson for rulers today!
Ezekiel 24:11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed. (KJV)
Then set it empty upon the coals thereof . . . the city, when emptied of its inhabitants and substance, was like a pot that all in it had boiled away, or was taken out and burned with fire, as the city of Jerusalem when taken and plundered was.
That the brass of it may be hot, and burn . . . as brass will when set on coals; that the lower part or bottom of a pot, cauldron or furnace is called the brass of it; meaning to make the fire so hot (Dan.3:19), as to burn the bottom of the pot; or the filth and rust on it.
And that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed . . . means the detestable evils of this people, for they were not reformed nor brought to repentance by the rebukes and warnings given to them, nor by the punishments and corrections laid upon them . . . they, along with their sins would be consumed in this terrible manner. The Targum is, I will leave the land desolate, that they may become desolate; and that the gates of her city may be consumed; and that those that work uncleanness in the midst of her may melt away, and her sins be consumed. Dear one, the Lord GOD hated sin back then, and He hates it today! He has NOT changed, nor will He ever! BEWARE!!! Judgment Day IS coming!
The scum . . . the word scum appears only in Ezekiel, in 3 places (24:6, 11-12)
Ezekiel 24:12 She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire. (KJV)
She hath wearied herself with lies . . . she, is the nation of the Jews, and the city Jerusalem. Hath wearied . . . either her GOD, by her repeated sins, and stubborn persistence in them, as elsewhere (Isa.1:14; 7:13; 43:24); or wearied others, by injuries done against them; or maybe worst of all, wearied herself by spending so much time and energy in making alliances for her security. With lies . . . serving idols, which were lying vanities (Ps.31:6; Jonah 2:8); by trusting her allies, their vain promises, their forces, and their idols, on which these hopeless Jews relied, all of them prove a lie to the house of Judah.
And her great scum went not forth out of her . . . she refused to repent, refused to reform her ways, not even after many warnings were given, and chastisements inflicted on her . . . she continued on, hardened in her sins.
Dear one, there is indeed a message here for us today! We must NOT keep on in sin. The longer you continue on in a sin, the more hardened you become. IF you refuse to repent, as these Jews did, GOD shall indeed punish YOU! If not in this lifetime, He shall punish you in an eternal Hell! YES!!! There really IS a Hell! http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_hell_is_it_there.htm
Again, I warn you that ALL people are given enough ‘light’ for them to know right from wrong. BEWARE!! Do NOT forget that GOD does exist, and that He NEVER lies! Romans 1:18-21 For the wrath of GOD is revealed from heaven against all unGODliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of GOD is manifest in them; for GOD hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and GODhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew GOD, they glorified him not as GOD, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (KJV)
Her scum shall be in the fire . . . scum is filthy impurities, her scum is her un-repented sins, which shall be punished in the fire that burns their city. Many today have scum in their lives: abortion, adultery, drugs, drunkenness, envy, fornication, gluttony, greed, hatred, homosexuality, idolatry, jealously, murder, etc., etc. BEWARE!!!
Galatians 5:16-26 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of GOD. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.(KJV) . . . GOD watches everything that you do . . . be it good or bad! Death is NOT the end. There is a place in eternity where you shall spend eternity. WHERE that place is, is up to YOU!
Ezekiel 24:13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee. (KJV)
In thy filthiness is lewdness . . . sin is filthy and lewd. Deliberate and willful sin grows up to be stubborn boldness, with a brazen disrespect of GOD that refuses to be corrected. BEWARE!!! So much of this going on in today’s world!
Because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged . . . because I have purged thee, the LORD used all kinds of ways to purge [remove], advise, scold, chastise and threaten painful sufferings by His prophets, sometimes by the rod, at times gently, sometimes harshly (2 Chron.36:15; Jer.18:11-12). And thou wast not purged . . . from their sin, which had gotten into thy very frame of their existence and was woven into the grain of their heart.
Thou shall not be purged from thy filthiness any more till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee . . . there was no other way left for GOD to purge her from her sins, except by the fire of his wrath (Zep.1:18), and the fury of his anger (Isa.42:25; Nah.1:6), in her utter destruction. Till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee . . . (5:13; 6:12; 16:42; 21:17).
Ezekiel 24:14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)
I the LORD have spoken it; it shall come to pass . . . what GOD has said shall be accomplished; His Word shall not return to Him void (Isa.55:11) and empty, nor will it ever return to Him without the result He had in mind.
And I will do it . . . because GOD is omnipotent and unchangeable and cannot lie (Tit.1:2).
I will not go back . . . GOD will NEVER go back on His Word, nor on the thing threatened and condemned; nothing would make Him change His Word once He had said it, be it good or bad!
Neither will I spare . . . He would not show any mercy or compassion, or decrease of the punishment due them.
Neither will I repent . . . GOD will not change His mind, or the course and manner of His Providence; but fully abide by the words gone forth, and the sentence pronounced, and would carefully execute it. This is a lot of words simply stating the Truth of what is predicted shall happen! GOD does NOT repent. He is so pure and perfect that He NEVER makes a mistake, NEVER does He ever sin . . . so He has NO need to repent of wrong decisions or sins, because He NEVER does anything wrong!
According to thy ways and according to thy doings shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD . . . meaning the Chaldeans shall judge and condemn them, and carry out His judgments on them in a just and righteous manner, according to thy doings, exactly as their evil ways and works deserve.
*****The LORD promised that this judgment would come just as He had predicted. He would not change His mind or lessen the punishment. He would thoroughly judge the people because of their conduct and actions. They would be the meat and He would provide the heat. This is one of the most forceful statements of divine determination in the book of Ezekiel. Dear one, GOD’S mercy prompts Him to withhold judgment as long as possible, so that people have a chance to repent (2 Pet.3:8-10), He gives everyone space to repent, but most do not repent (Rev.2:21), GOD is very patient (Gen.6:3; 1 Pet.3:20; Rom.2:4), but He does not wait indefinitely. His patience does have a limit! He will give us ample time to repent, but the time comes when GOD does punish wickedness. BEWARE!!! When His wrath finally sets in, judgment comes! 1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of GOD waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (KJV) . . . (Gen.7:7). When GOD got angry back then, He destroyed everyone except Noah and his family. He was furious at their sin!
Ezekiel 24:15 Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (KJV)
Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying . . . next follows the other sign, by which the Lord shows the destruction of the Temple. This is the second part of the vision, the announcement of the death of Ezekiel‘s wife, and Ezekiel’s being prohibited the usual signs of mourning.
*****It seems that the prophet had married a lovely, young Israelite girl, and they loved each other. But when they were there in captivity, she became sick and died. We can understand her death was a heartbreak to Ezekiel, but again he must act a part for the benefit of the people.
Ezekiel 24:16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. (KJV)
Son of man, behold . . . see and consider what I tell you to do, the LORD tells the prophet. This is said to raise the attention of Ezekiel, because something distressing was about to be delivered in this prophecy.
I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke . . . by death, I take from thee your wife, the desire of thine eyes . . . whether this refers to her beauty or her disposition or the love of her to the prophet. With a stroke . . . a sudden stroke, we know not what it was, some think it was GOD’S own immediate Hand.
Yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep . . . you shall not mourn because of her death; not in private, not in public, not inwardly nor outwardly, even though she was near and dear to you . . . you shall not mourn even though it would seem strange, and they charge you with lack of natural affection.
Neither shall thy tears run down . . . Ezekiel was not to cry, he must not have any tears run down his cheeks. Crying is a vent which is given to our grief, and which somewhat eases our mind; but all care was to be taken to prevent any tears coming from the prophet’s eyes, even though the people might not think it was a proper tribute to the dead.
Ezekiel 24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. (KJV)
Forbear to cry . . . restrain yourself, be silent and stifle your sorrows. Ezekiel was not to groan, howl or make any woeful noises as is common with the death of a loved one.
Make no mourning for the dead . . . Ezekiel was not to mourn for the death of his wife. He was to curb his sorrow when he carried her out to bury her. He was not to use any of those rites and ceremonies commonly observed for deceased relations and friends.
Bind the tire of thine head upon thee . . . it seems, mourners used to go bare headed and bare footed, and to eat what their friends sent them in at such a sad time to cheer up their spirits (Jer.16:5-8). The prophet must NOT do any of these things, but keep his sorrows to himself. He was instead to bind the tire of thine head . . . adorn and trim up his head, and NOT go bare-headed as a mourner (Lev.10:6; 21:10). Tire, cap or turban, was worn on the head, as a covering and decoration; and the priests' bonnets [tire] were for glory and beauty (Ex.28:40), and such was the tire about the Ezekiel’s head, since he was a priest. It was usual in times of mourning that the tire be taken off, as it was expected that mourners be bare headed, and although the high priest might not uncover his head and rend his clothes for the dead (Lev.21:10), yet the other priests might, unless they had a special prohibition, such as Ezekiel had here (Lev.10:6). The Bible does state that there were some instances, mainly that of David's mourning for Absalom, that the head was covered at such a time (2 Sam.19).
And put on thy shoes upon thy feet . . . shoes were taken off, and persons walked barefoot in times of mourning, (2 Sam.15:30), and it seems this custom continues with the Jews to this day; and which they say is confirmed by this passage. One of their rules reads: they do not rend garments, nor pluck off the shoe for any, until he is dead. But here, Ezekiel is told to put his shoes on his feet . . . which shows that this was not right or usual to do it; for the Jews’ custom for mourners was to be barefoot (Isa.20:3). Ezekiel did exactly as told!
And cover not thy lips . . . as the leper did in the time of his separation and distress, who put a covering upon his upper lip (Lev.13:45) and as mourners did, who put a veil upon their faces.
And eat not the bread of men . . . of other men; or of mourners, as the Targum; food that was sent to mourners by their friends, to refresh and revive their spirits; and who because of their great grief, may not prepare food for themselves. This was a custom with Scythians, Grecians, Athenians and Romans. Ezekiel was to eat his own bread, as if there were no mourning occasion in his family.
*****GOD told him, he was not to act as if he was mourning at all. Ezekiel did as told and the people did not understand it. We can imagine what was said to him: Why are you doing this? Your wife has died, and you do not mourn! What kind of man are you? But . . . GOD always has good reasons for what He does! All of what Ezekiel is doing, is to get a message through to the people. Verse 24 is the key to this entire Book of Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 24:18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded. (KJV)
So I spake unto the people in the morning . . . he did the duty of his office as GOD’S prophet; urging and instructing the people, especially informing them of what had been said to him by the LORD, the evening or night before, about the death of his wife, and how he was to behave when it happened, which he told them of beforehand, so that, when it came to pass, they might have a further proof of his being a true prophet of the LORD.
And at even my wife died . . . she died suddenly, as it was said she would . . . this shows who is meant by the desire of his eyes (24:15), and what is meant by the taking it away.
And I did in the morning as I was commanded . . . Ezekiel neither moaned, nor sighed, nor wept, nor shed a tear, nor used any of the common customs of mourning, but dressed and ate as at other times, just as he was ordered to do. This was the next morning after his wife died. So whatever the LORD commanded to be done, even though it is completely opposite to the customs of men, or to man’s natural affections and feelings, Ezekiel did! Again . . . there is a lesson here for us today as well! If we want to be on GOD’S good side, we must do all we can to do as He commands.
Ezekiel 24:19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so? (KJV)
And the people said unto me . . . the people are the common kind, not rulers or priests, said unto me . . . either
seriously, because they wanted to know what Ezekiel meant by all this; since they knew that it was not out of lack of affection in Ezekiel to his wife that he so behaved; so there must be some hidden meaning in it, which they would be glad to be informed of: or possibly in a outrageous manner, ridiculing the prophet for his conduct, and rejecting what he said to instruct them.
Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so? . . . for it seems they suspected it was not on his own account he had done these things, but to suggest something to them, that these things were done; and laughing at him, ask him why he had these things.
Ezekiel 24:20 Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (KJV)
Then I answered them . . . gave them an account of the design of the whole, and what was signified hereby:
The word of the LORD came unto me, saying . . . ordering him to do all he did; for he did nothing of himself, but all according to the divine will; and who also directed him to say the following things to the people, by way of explanation.
Ezekiel 24:21 Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword. (KJV)
Speak unto the house of Israel . . . by word of mouth, to those who were upon the spot with him in Chaldea: and by a messenger, or a letter, to them that were in Judea.
Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will profane my sanctuary . . . the Temple, built for GOD, and where He dwelt, and was worshipped; where duties performed and holy sacrifices offered up formerly; this He now says He would profane, He would bring the Chaldeans against Jerusalem, who would take it, and enter into the Temple, and so profane it, and utterly destroy it.
The excellency of your strength, desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth . . . all which is said of the Temple; it was the pride and glory of the Jews, it was what they boasted of, and put their confidence in, and considered their strength and security. It was as dear and as desirable to the Jews as Ezekiel's wife was to him. The symbol of it; the destruction and desolation of the Temple would be pitied by them, and would greatly affect them upon hearing of it, even in prophecy.
And your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword . . . the loved ones they had left behind them in Judea, when they were carried captive with Jehoiakim, and to whom they hoped to return, as their false prophets had assured them; but . . . sad to say, it would not be, for these should die by the sword of the Chaldeans when the city of Jerusalem would be taken, and the Temple profaned. . . and this would be the case of the sons and daughters of those who then would be carried captive, that should be left in the land; as was the case of Gedaliah (2 Ki.25:22-24), and those that were with him.
Ezekiel 24:22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men. (KJV)
And ye shall do as I have done . . . Ezekiel told the people to act as he did when his wife died, and as he was ordered by the LORD . . . the meaning of which they were now questioning.
Ye shall not cover your lip . . . (24:17) as a sign of mourning; nor use any other of their country customs and ceremonies, for fear of provoking their enemies, in whose hands they shall be.
Nor eat the bread of men . . . (24:17) bread of mourners, as the Targum; because there would be none to comfort them, or send bread [food] to them; for they all shall be mourners.
Ezekiel 24:23 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another. (KJV)
And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet . . . (24:16-17). They were to have both hats and shoes on, as would be needed for travelling, for they would be carried captive to a foreign country.
Ye shall not mourn nor weep . . . the people will not dare to moan and cry in sorrow, because of their enemies; for so great would be their misery and calamity, that they would be struck speechless, and quite overwhelmed and dazed with them; that they would not be able to vent their sorrow by an outward act of mourning.
But ye shall pine away for your iniquities . . . you shall suffer with grief and secret sorrow, but you dare not show it openly, for fear you anger your oppressive masters. For your iniquities . . . they are being punished by GOD for their iniquities, which have made their land, city, Temple and families forsaken and miserable.
And mourn one towards another . . . in secret, Jew with Jew, they will bewail what they dare not do openly.
They will not mourn and cry to GOD, but mourn one towards another agonizing, murmuring and complaining about the heavy Hand of GOD upon them.
***** Ezekiel 23:35 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. (KJV) . . . forgotten me (22:12); forgetting GOD is the root of all sin (Jer.2:13, 19; 32; 3:21; 13:25; 17:13; 18:15). BEWARE! Forgetting GOD is just the beginning of your trouble. Judah forgot His Word, His worship and His laws; Judah abandoned GOD and all His goodness (apostasy), and turned to worship strange GODs; the Targum says, because thou hast left my worship: and cast me behind thy back. What is apostasy? What is an apostate? . . . See Special Comments at the end of Chapter 23.
Ezekiel 24:24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD. (KJV)
Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign . . . these are the words of the prophet concerning himself; telling the people that in all the above things they saw him do, that he was a sign to the Jews of what would happen to them, and what would be their situation. Ezekiel was a sign; in what he did, you shall see and do (4:3; 12:6) as he did. Also see Isaiah 8:18.
And according to all that he hath done shall ye do . . . no matter how absurd and wrong it may seem, or if it seems is a matter of scorn and disrespect, they would do it.
And when this cometh . . . when this prophecy comes to pass, and all these calamities come upon the city and Temple:
Ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD . . . an awesome GOD, omniscient, omnipotent, true and faithful. They shall then know that I am the Lord GOD and they shall finally confess the justice, power, wisdom and truth of GOD in all that He has threatened and executed against you.
Ezekiel 24:25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters, (KJV)
Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day . . . son of man is found 94 times in Ezekiel; shall it not be? The answer to the question is an affirmative YES!
When I take from them their strength . . . the Jews’ king and kingdom, their princes, nobles, their soldiers and mighty men of war, their wealth and substance, their city and the inhabitants of it; and their Temple, in which they placed their strong confidence: so the Targum, in the day when I shall take from them the house of their sanctuary; and which is here called the joy of their glory; for the Temple was what they rejoiced and gloried in. GOD would take from them, although Nebuchadnezzar was the GOD’S instrument, who acted by him, who did GOD’S work more so than his own. Their strength, the kingdom dissolved, the king taken, the city sacked, the Temple burnt, which all amounts to this, GOD does NOT ever lie!
The desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their mind, their sons and their daughters . . . the Temple was also the desire of their eyes, along with their sons and their daughters as being desirable to them . . . they are told that they would be taken away from them. The Targum is: and the delight of their eyes shall be taken from them, and the beloved of their souls, which is better to them than their sons and their daughters.
Ezekiel 24:26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears? (KJV)
That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee . . . he, so few escape, that the prophet seems to bring it down to one. That escapeth the common destruction when Jerusalem was sacked. Shall come unto thee, to state that GOD had carried out His threats. That one that would escape the hands of the Chaldeans, when the city would be taken, would go directly to the prophet to tell him what happened (33:21).
To cause thee to hear it with thine ears . . . Ezekiel would hear first-hand, all the particulars of the destruction of the city and Temple, exactly as it had been represented to him in the vision. He would see the exactness when he compared the prophecy and the facts (33:21). Jeremiah 52:5-6 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. (KJV)
Ezekiel 24:27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD. (KJV)
In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped . . . and shall freely speak with him about several of the facts and circumstances of the taking and burning the city and Temple, and of the sad treatment of the inhabitants. Shall thy mouth be opened . . . to speak freely to him that brings the news, and to the Jews later.
And thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb . . . for from this time to the taking of Jerusalem, which was about eighteen months, the prophet had nothing to say to the Jews, and so kept quiet with respect to them; but was active in prophesying against other nations, as the following chapters show, to Chapter 33, in which we have an account of the messenger that escaped to him. But after that Ezekiel’s mouth was opened, and he prophesied to them again.
And thou shalt be a sign unto them . . . as they will then own and admit Ezekiel to be a true prophet of GOD, they shall confess He was a true prophet sent by GOD.
And they shall own that I am the LORD . . . who has foretold these things, and accomplished them.
*****They shall know that I am the LORD. Jerusalem was GOD'S city, and the Temple was His House. They were supposed to be GOD'S witnesses to the world, but the people of Israel failed drastically. They turned their backs on the GOD who did so much for them! In great apostasy, they sinned against the GOD who bought them! The Lord GOD time after time, warned them, but they refused to take heed! After so long, GOD’S patience ended and His Holy wrath took hold. GOD told them that He would destroy them, their city and their Temple, and the rest of their people would go into captivity, and there would be no use mourning and weeping. Only after GOD did this, did they finally believe that Ezekiel was GOD’S true prophet, and that it was indeed the Lord GOD who was responsible for it.
To each of the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, the LORD Jesus said: Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (KJV) . . . The candlestick of all seven of those churches has been removed. Not one of those churches remains today. This should be a message to us: IF you profess to be a Christian and do not take a firm stand for the LORD Jesus Christ, He will remove your candlestick . . . and you will have NO light. Repented not: (Rev.2:5, 16, 21-22; 3:3, 19-22; 16:9). http://www.GODcannotlie.org/rev_ch2.htm
There is a powerful message in this Chapter, by GOD’S prophet, Ezekiel, and he speaks for Almighty GOD! Again and again, we hear: The word of the LORD, came unto me, saying. There may be some who may decide to argue with his message, but I would advise against it. Ezekiel’s messages came directly from GOD, and we must remember that the Lord GOD is ALWAYS right. WE are the ones who are wrong.
The Jewish calendar has the following months:
1. Nissan 30 days March-April
2. Iyar 29 days April-May
3. Sivan 30 days May-June
4. Tammuz 30 days June-July
5. Av 30 days July-August
6. Elul 29 days August-September
7. Tishri 30 Days September-October
8. Cheshvan 29 or 30 days October-November
9. Kishlev 30 0r 29 days November-December
10. Tevet 29 days December-January
11. Shevat 30 Days January-February
12. Adar I (leap years only) 30 days February-March
13. Adar (leap years only) 29 days February-March
Stubbornness in sin
Stubborn persistence in sin provokes GOD’S fury to destroy sinners. Her scum shall be in the fire. Jerusalem shall be burnt. WHY? In thy filthiness is lewdness; they were stubborn, and hardened in their vile wickedness. ALL sin offends GOD, but some sins provoke to bringing judgments, because stubbornness provokes to destruction (Jer.44:16).
<><><>(1). If a stubborn and rebellious son will not obey his parents when they have chastened him, they shall bring him to the elders in the gate of the city for judgment (Deut.21:18-19).
<><><>(2). They shall say to the elders: Our son is stubborn, rebellious, a glutton, and a drunkard and will not obey our voice (Deut.21:20).
<><><>(3). All the men of the city shall stone him with stones until he is dead Deut.21:21).
<><><>(4). You shall put away evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear GOD’ judgment on rebels. (Deut.21:20).
Death-Penalty Sins for Sons:
<><><>(1). Stubbornness in refusing to accept correction
<><><>(2). Rebellion against parents.
<><><>(3). Gluttony, piggish over-eating.
Exodus 21:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. (KJV)
Leviticus 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. (KJV)
Deut. 27:16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. (KJV)
Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. (KJV)
Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: (KJV)
Matthew 15:4 For GOD commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. (KJV)
Mark 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: (KJV)
Cursed be he:(Gen.9:25; 27:29; Deut.27:16-26; Josh.6:26; Judg.21:18; 2 Sam.19:21; Jer.48:10).
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