Judgment on Jerusalem

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Judgment

God is gathering all Jerusalem’s hoped-for lovers into an invading army. They will attack from the north in huge numbers, well-organized and well-armed. They will execute God’s judgment on Oholibah for her abandonment of God’s law. She will drink the same cup of horror and desolation as her sister (vv. 22-35).Ezekiel gave four oracles, each beginning with the words, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says” (vv. 22, 28, 32, 35). The oracles all focused on Jerusalem’s judgment. Those Jerusalem despised would be the ones who would punish her.

When the Babylonians would attack Jerusalem with military officers, weapons, and well-protected soldiers the city would not escape (vv. 22-27). Also some of Jerusalem’s children would be carried away as slaves, others would be burned by fire, and her possessions (clothes and jewelry) would be stripped away. This second oracle adds that when the Babylonians were done, Jerusalem would be left naked and bare (vv. 28-31). Though ashamed, this punishment would come because of her promiscuity in seeking aid from other nations and becoming perverted by their idols. Since she had sinned like her sister, she would be punished in a similar way by the sword and exile (vv. 32-34).

This third oracle of judgment against Jerusalem differs from the others because it is a poem. The point of the poem, which might be titled “The Cup of God’s Judgment,” is that Jerusalem was to take part in Samaria’s judgment because she had taken part in Samaria’s sin (vv. 32-34).This fourth oracle presents the main reason Jerusalem was to be judged (v. 35). She had forgotten God and thrust Him behind her back. Jerusalem’s illicit affairs with other nations came after she forgot her source of protection and openly rejected God. Because of this rejection, she must bear the consequences.

Application

Jerusalem’s big problem was that she had forgotten God. Not matter what the circumstances of life may be, Lord help me to never forget all you have done for me.

Ezekiel 23:22-35 (English Standard Version)


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