A group of idol worshipping elders from Israel/Judah went to Ezekiel. The Lord could see the love of idols in their hearts and spoke to the prophet concerning them. God repeated the warnings that He had made to the leaders of His people many times earlier. He stated that they were estranged from Him because of their idols. Repentance and salvation were still possible as the Lord spoke, “Repent, turn away from your idols…”
The word of the Lord spoken to Ezekiel also condemned persistent unfaithfulness. In addition to the worship of idols, Judah was guilty of general disobedience to God and an unwillingness to repent. He stated that even if Noah, Daniel and Job were present, their sons and daughters would not be spared from His wrath of famine, wild beasts, sword and famine. Those three men had been faithful men of God. Noah’s life and time are well documented. There are questions as to when Job lived. The identification of Daniel and his lifetime is also uncertain. Even though it is possible, scholars doubt that the prophet Daniel is named by God in Ezekiel’s prophecy. However, there would be a remnant saved from the brutal destruction.
Jerusalem was compared to a vine in the forest. It is worthless in the making of any kind of structure or furniture—only to be burned in the fire. The city of Jerusalem would be burned in fire just at the worthless vine.