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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel

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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel 6: Doom for the High Places of Israel

 

[Preliminary Comment: The condemnation of the previous chapter continues with even greater clarification – it will include all those idol worshippers who take to the hills and trust their false gods. They are all doomed to destruction.]

 

v.1-7 Judgment on the high places of idolatry

v.8-10 The Remnant that will be Saved

v.11-14 All the idolaters will be slain wherever they are

 

 

v.1-7 Judgment on the high places of idolatry

 

v.1 The word of the LORD came to me

v.2  “Son of man, set your face against the mountains of Israel; prophesy against them 

v.3 and say: ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 

v.4 Your altars will be demolished and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols. 

v.5 I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars. 

v.6 Wherever you live, the towns will be laid waste and the high places demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out. 

v.7  Your people will fall slain among you, and you will know that I am the LORD. 

 

[Notes: Mountains and hills had been known as the dwelling place of spirits and became the places where idols were set up and altars for foreign gods. As this had occurred in Judah the judgment of God is coming on the land that will result in dead bodies littering the land.]

 

 

v.8-10 The Remnant that will be Saved

 

v.8  “‘But I will spare some, for some of you will escape the sword when you are scattered among the lands and nations. 

v.9  Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me—how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices. 

v.10 And they will know that I am the LORD; I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them. 

 

[Notes: Despite the devastating word that has come, in the midst of it – some hairs in 5:3,4 – there will be a remnant who will be saved through captivity who will eventually come to repentance in their exile.

 

 

v.11-14 All the idolaters will be slain wherever they are

 

v.11  “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Strike your hands together and stamp your feet and cry out “Alas!” because of all the wicked and detestable practices of the people of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine and plague

v.12 One who is far away will die of the plague, and one who is near will fall by the sword, and anyone who survives and is spared will die of famine. So will I pour out my wrath on them. 

v.13 And they will know that I am the LORD, when their people lie slain among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oak—places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols. 

v.14 And I will stretch out my hand against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblah —wherever they live. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'”

 

[Notes: Sword, famine and plague are declared again, perhaps to avoid some thinking they could be that saved remnant. No, large numbers will die, large numbers will go into exile for their hearts to be purified before they are allowed to return.]

 

[Concluding Note: If the previous chapter had not be devastatingly clear enough, perhaps some had thought their idols would save them and this present chapter disabuses them of this idea. All the idols and idol worshippers will be destroyed. Although there will be a remnant saved, the overall thrust is of an utterly destructive judgment, the thought of which should bring the people to their senses and repentance.]

    

    

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