Sep. 20. Judgment Against Idols; Upcoming Captivity Foretold

Ezek. 6:1-7:27; 12:1-28

In revealing His judgment against Israel/Judah, God instructed Ezekiel to symbolically speak to the personified mountains. They would see the destruction and death as the dead bodies of the people would lie before the idols that had been constructed in their hills, ravines and valleys. Their idols could not save them. Assurance was again made that a remnant would escape and remain to serve God.

Man may not be aware of it at the time, but everything that God does is for a good purpose. The immense destruction that was to befall Judah was in order that, “They shall know that I am the Lord; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.” It was God’s method of saying, “I told you so. Honor, serve and obey Me!”

God has been portrayed as a loving and merciful God—and He is! However, his people had pushed His mercy to its limit. He stated, “An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.” Destruction was imminent and it would be complete. It was time for Him to repay his people for their abominations. There would be neither mercy nor pity for them. They would die by the sword, pestilence and famine. The Lord who provides, would become the Lord who strikes in judgment.

Many times, men rely upon their riches to deliver them from trouble. However, silver and gold would be cast into the streets as garbage. All of their possessions and idols would become plunder for wicked strangers. Even the temple of God would be defiled and destroyed. Judah would be punished according to what they deserved. “Then they shall know that I am the Lord!”

Ezekiel was commanded by God to demonstrate a method of escape as if he were trying to flee the siege. That entailed digging through the wall and carrying one’s most valued and necessary possessions on his shoulders while fleeing. God stated that his prophecy would be a sign to the people. It also prophesied the attempted escape of King Hezekiah who was called a prince. He would be taken to Babylon, but would not see the land because he would be blinded and those around him would die by the sword. The remnant would be convinced of the power and majesty of God. They would declare that fact and their abominations before the Gentiles (Babylonians) wherever they went while in exile.

Along with the shortages of food and water that would occur during the siege, there would still remain false prophets denying that those prophecies would ever come to pass or that they would occur in the distant future. God refuted those false statements by saying, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision…” It is easy today for one to ignore warnings of danger or the inevitability of death. We have the attitude that we are still alive and that calamities happen to someone else and not to ourselves.