John Stott in Authentic Christianity noted: “We need to repent of the haughty way in which we sometimes stand in judgment upon Scripture and must learn to sit humbly under its judgments instead. If we come to Scripture with our minds made up, expecting to hear from it … More
The city gate was where merchants and politicians conducted business, so the 25 men may have represented the nation’s rulers (vv. 1-4). Because of their leadership positions, they were responsible for leading the people astray. They had wrongly said they were secure from another attack by the Babylonians. They believed that they were the elite, the influential, the ones who would be protected from all harm. Without God our situation is always precarious. The wicked politicians did not believe judgment was near. The best interpretation is they were urging the people not to build houses but rather prepare for war with Babylon. Ezekiel would consider this an evil act for he had warned the city was doomed. Jeremiah had also been telling the people to surrender to Babylon for this was God’s will.
God knew everything about the Israelites, even their thoughts (v. 5). He also knows everything about us, even the sins we try to hide. Instead of worrying about people noticing how we look or what we do , we should care about what God thinks, for He sees everything. Trying to hide our thoughts and actions from God is futile. “Secret” sins are never secret from God. The only effective way to deal with sin is to confess it and ask God to help us overcome it.
The “meat,” the bodies that were thrown in the streets,( v. 6) of this city, the “pot.” Though the elders felt secure within the “pot” of Jerusalem, God would drive them out and give them over to foreigners. Instead of the city being a place of safety with the people in it being “safe,” the city would be smashed and the people dragged away. God’s judgment by the sword would be executed at the borders of Israel (vv. 10-11). This was fulfilled literally when the captives of Jerusalem were deported to Riblah in Syria and killed.
John Stott in Authentic Christianity noted: “We need to repent of the haughty way in which we sometimes stand in judgment upon Scripture and must learn to sit humbly under its judgments instead. If we come to Scripture with our minds made up, expecting to hear from it only an echo of our own thoughts and never the thunderclap of God’s, then indeed he will not speak to us and we shall only be confirmed in our own prejudices. We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” (Lou Nicholes - Missionary Author).
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Ezekiel 8:1-6Abominations in the Temple
Ezekiel 8:7-18Pagan Practices in the Temple
Ezekiel 9:1-11Idolaters are Killed
Ezekiel 10:1-22Glory Departs From the Temple
Ezekiel 11:1-13Judgment on Wicked Counselors
Ezekiel 11:14-25God Will Restore Israel
Ezekiel 12:1-16Judah’s Captivity Portrayed
Ezekiel 12:17-28Judgment Not Postponed
Ezekiel 13:1-9False Prophets Condemned
Ezekiel 13:10-23The Wall That Will Fall
Ezekiel 14:1-11Idolatry Will be Punished
Ezekiel 14:12-23Judgment on Persistent Unfaithfulness