“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it–but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” (Oliver … More
Ezekiel’s third message showed God directing the sword of Babylon against Jerusalem (vv. 18-23). In symbolic actions Ezekiel pictured God supernaturally guiding Nebuchadnezzar to Jerusalem to over-throw the city. God told him to mark out two roads for the king of Babylon to take. His choice was whether to head down the coastal highway and attack Judah and Jerusalem or to head down the Transjordanian highway and attack Ammon and Rabbah. God had all the signs point toward the coastal highway and Jerusalem. That would be where he decided to proceed. The rulers of Judah had pledged allegiance to Babylon, but they had violated their oath by rebelling. As Nebuchadnezzar set up his siege around the city, the people refused to believe he would succeed, but they were wrong. Since they had broken their covenant with Nebuchadnezzar (17:11-21), he would take them captive.
God then pronounced judgment on the people (v. 24) and the prince (vv. 25-27). Because of open rebellion, Jerusalem’s people would be taken captive. They felt secure in their city, but they would be forcibly torn from it and dragged in chains to Babylon. The profane and wicked prince of Israel was King Zedekiah. The right to rule in Israel was taken from him, and the land was destroyed. Ezekiel stressed that Israel’s throne was to be absolutely desolate. It will not be restored until He surrenders to what rightfully belongs to Him.
Just as God gave sign posts for Nebuchadnezzar to follow He will give me direction in the way I should go in my life if I seek Him and trust Him.
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Ezekiel 18:19-32Turn and Live
Ezekiel 19:1-14Israel Degraded
Ezekiel 20:1-16The Rebellions of Israel
Ezekiel 20:17-32Ezekiel Reinforces the Law
Ezekiel 20:33-49God Will Restore Israel
Ezekiel 21:1-7God’s Judgment Sword Drawn
Ezekiel 21:8-17The Sword Sharpened
Ezekiel 21:18-32The Instrument of God’s Judgment
Ezekiel 22:1-16Sins of Jerusalem
Ezekiel 22:17-22Israel in the Furnace
Ezekiel 22:23-31Israel’s Wicked Leaders
Ezekiel 23:1-21Two Harlot Sisters
Ezekiel 23:22-35Judgment on Jerusalem
Ezekiel 23:36-49Both Sisters Judged
Ezekiel 24:1-14Symbol of the Cooking Pot
Ezekiel 24:15-27The Prophet’s Wife Dies