Sins of Jerusalem

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Indictment

This chapter explains why Jerusalem’s judgment would come (vv. 1-16), how it would come (vv. 17-22), and who would be judged by it (vv. 23-31). The leaders were especially responsible for the moral climate of the nation because God chose them to lead.

A very strong indictment against a city, people, and land that had wholly gone into moral decay is expressed (vv. 1-16). They have served idols instead of the Lord. By bloodshed they have despised the sanctity of life; and by sexual perversion they have despised the highest form of creation, which is man’s body. Also by seeking material gain at any cost, they have put material things above the spiritual. They have done all of this because they have forgotten the Lord God. All segments of the social world have become involved in this decay: which includes prophet, priest, and people. Therefore, the Lord must bring judgment by dispersion to a segment of society, and fire, sword, and plague to the others. God’s holy purpose in this is to purge out filthiness and dross, appease His wrath against sin, and bring His people back to Himself.

So terrible and widespread were the bloody crimes of Israel that they were a reproach unto the heathen all over the world. Earlier in their history, the Lord spared them in spite of their wickedness, so that other nations would not be able to say, the Lord can not save. But now, if the Lord’s name was to be upheld, He must deal with His sinful people in judgment. Unfortunately, many of the sins mentioned here have been committed in recent years by Christian leaders of our generation.

Application

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks by Satan. Therefore I need to uphold our leaders in prayer, and encourage people everywhere to seek accountability that will help them keep their moral and spiritual integrity.

Ezekiel 22:1-16 (English Standard Version)

And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations. You shall say, Thus says the Lord GOD: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself! You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of your years has come. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries. Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult. "Behold, the princes of Israel in you, every one according to his power, have been bent on shedding blood. Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you. You have despised my holy things and profaned my Sabbaths. There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst. In you men uncover their fathers' nakedness; in you they violate women who are unclean in their menstrual impurity. One commits abomination with his neighbor's wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter- in-law; another in you violates his sister, his father's daughter. In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take interest and profit and make gain of your neighbors by extortion; but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord GOD. "Behold, I strike my hand at the dishonest gain that you have made, and at the blood that has been in your midst. Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it. I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you. And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the LORD."

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