Ezekiel 11: God's
Sure Judgment on Jerusalem
Comment: The vision eventually ends [see v.24,25] but
before it does Ezekiel is shown two of the leaders in Jerusalem
with false security in their idolatry, and the Lord warns them
and the other leaders, that they will flee the city but be killed
for their idolatry. But then He turns and encourages the exiles
that eventually they will be returned to the Land with changed
hearts. Finally he is shown the presence of God leaving the city.
The implications are terrible.]
The Spirit returns Ezekiel, still in the vision, to the temple
Then the Spirit
lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD
that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five
men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah
son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.
The LORD said
to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and
giving wicked advice in this city.
say, ‘Haven't our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a
pot, and we are the meat in it.'
prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”
focus of the vision returns to the twenty-five idolaters of 8:16
and two of the leaders mentioned in 8:11, who thought they were
secure in what they were doing.]
The Spirit enables Ezekiel to prophesy against leaders in Israel
The Lord challenges these leaders and what they have done
Then the Spirit
of the LORD came on me, and he
told me to say:
“This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, you
leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your
You have killed
many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.
They will flee Jerusalem but we caught and destroyed
this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown
there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive
you out of it.
You fear the
sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares
the Sovereign LORD.
I will drive
you out of the city and deliver you into the hands of foreigners
and inflict punishment on you.
will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at
the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will
execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.
When this happens they will realize the truth
you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my
decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of
the nations around you.”
One of the men dies and Ezekiel cries for the people
Now as I was
prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown
and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! Will you
completely destroy the remnant of Israel?”
very specific prophecy is directed at specific idolatrous leaders
in Jerusalem and in the vision [still – see v.24,25] he sees one
of them die and it creates in Ezekiel an anguish for God's people.]
The Lord Promises
The Lord speaks now to the exiles
word of the LORD came to me :
of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles
and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the
LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.'
Although He has causes them to be exiles, He had [and will] protect
say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them
far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries,
yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the
countries where they have gone.'
The Lord's future activity on behalf of His exiled people
say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: [i]
I will gather you from the nations
and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered,
and [ii] I will give you back
the land of Israel again.'
return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.
I will give
them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them;
[v] I will
remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of
they will follow
my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They [vii]
will be my
people, and I will be their God.
Lord reassures the exiles that though the people still in the
Land disparage them, there will come a time in the future when
the Lord will bring them back to the Land again. Moreover the
‘work' of the exile will be to change their hearts to truly become
again the people of God.]
Judgment will fall on those who continue in idolatry
But as for
those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable
idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done,
declares the Sovereign LORD.”
however, presumably in the Land, who insist on continuing to worship
their idols will suffer the judgment.]
The Glory of the Lord leaves the city
Then the cherubim,
with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory
of the God of Israel was above them.
of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the
mountain east of it.
presence of God in the vision is seen to not only leave the Temple
but also the city.]
The Spirit returns Ezekiel
lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in
the vision given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen
went up from me,
told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.
Spirit-enabled vision comes to an end and Ezekiel is able to share
with the elders with whom he was sitting [see 8:1] all he had
is a chapter of both severe warnings for leaders in Jerusalem
but also encouragement for the exiles.]
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