Symbol of the Cooking Pot

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Chapter 24 concludes the third series of judgments on Judah. Ezekiel’s final prophecies of doom against Jerusalem came in the ninth year (of King Jehoiachin), in the 10th month on the 10th day (vv. 1-2). The king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem that very day. This was the day Ezekiel had been pointing to for over four years. He told the rebellious house of Israel a parable about a cooking pot being filled with water and choice cuts of meat being boiled (vv. 3-5).The people thought that being in the pot (Jerusalem) would keep them safe; but the pot was actually their place of destruction.

Ezekiel explained the parable through two similar statements (vv. 6-8, 9-14), each beginning with the words, “Woe to the city of bloodshed” (vv. 6, 9). Ezekiel said Jerusalem was like a pot now encrusted, whose deposit will not go away! In the fire of God’s judgment Jerusalem’s “impurities” floated to the surface. Her corruption could not be hidden. She was as unappealing as rusty scum floating on the surface of a meal being cooked. The meal was ruined by the rusty scum, so the contents of the pot were dumped. People in Jerusalem who had felt secure from Babylon’s onslaught would be dragged from the city into exile with no regard for their position in society. The cause for the dispersion was repeated (vv. 7-8): bloodshed poured out openly on rocks, not ... where the dust would cover it. That blood was crying out, figuratively speaking, for vengeance.

Ezekiel’s second statement of judgment dealt specifically with the rusty pot (vv. 9-14). The meat in the pot was to be cooked “well done,” picturing the slaughter of the Jerusalemites by Babylon. The empty pot (Jerusalem without its inhabitants) was to be set on the coals and its impurities melted away. The city itself had to be destroyed to remove its impurities.


Just as Jerusalem felt secure I should never get the idea that our country is exempt from the punishment of God. There is always a pay day some day.

Ezekiel 24:1-14 (English Standard Version)

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