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)

In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. And utter a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: "Set on the pot, set it on; pour in water also; put in it the pieces of meat, all the good pieces, the thigh and the shoulder; fill it with choice bones. Take the choicest one of the flock; pile the logs under it; boil it well; seethe also its bones in it. "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose corrosion is in it, and whose corrosion has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, without making any choice. For the blood she has shed is in her midst; she put it on the bare rock; she did not pour it out on the ground to cover it with dust. To rouse my wrath, to take vengeance, I have set on the bare rock the blood she has shed, that it may not be covered. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great. Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil the meat well, mix in the spices, and let the bones be burned up. Then set it empty upon the coals, that it may become hot, and its copper may burn, that its uncleanness may be melted in it, its corrosion consumed. She has wearied herself with toil; its abundant corrosion does not go out of it. Into the fire with its corrosion! On account of your unclean lewdness, because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your uncleanness, you shall not be cleansed anymore till I have satisfied my fury upon you. I am the LORD. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord GOD."

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