Ezekiel - Chapter 5

Ezekiel 5:8-12 - Wow:

therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, even I, am against you. And I will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. And because of all your abominations I will do with you what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again. Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers. And I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds. Therefore, as I live, declares the Lord God, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will withdraw. My eye will not spare, and I will have no pity. A third part of you shall die of pestilence and be consumed with famine in your midst; a third part shall fall by the sword all around you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds and will unsheathe the sword after them.

This is serious stuff. God against them, cannibalism, God withdrawing, having no pity. It is tempting to read into passages like Ezekiel, as I mentioned yesterday, judgement and punishment on people today. But notice he says that he will never do this kind of thing again. Not only in the NT, but ever again. That does not exclude all Earthly judgements, but the wrath of God against an entire nation, bringing death and destruction is not going to happen again.

This rings to mind Noah and the flood. God promised no more floods and destruction of the Earth. Now, as He judges a nation, he promises no more judgements like it. I'm not sure it means anything, but there seems to be at least a parallel.

Ezekiel 5:13 - This is not the God we like to think about. We like to think of a fair God, logical, unemotional, stead fast. We are emotional creatures and created in His image, why shouldn't God be emotional too? In this verse God says He will "vent [His] fury and satisfy [Himself]" and that he has "spoken in [His] jealousy". Emotional. Passionate.

Ezekiel 5:15 - More - "in anger and fury, and with furious rebukes"

All in all a scary chapter that tells me that God is serious about obedience to his rules & ways. This is who God was, why then is it so hard to fathom a God who would send people to Hell? He is God and He demands obedience.

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