Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel Chapter 11

 

  • Ezekiel 11:1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD's house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. 
  • 2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city: 
  • 3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh. 
  • 4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man. 
  • 5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. 
  • 6 Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain. 
  • 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it. 
  • 8 Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD. 
  • 9 And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you. 
  • 10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 
  • 11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel: 
  • 12 And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. 
  • 13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel? 
  • 14 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 
  • 15 Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession. 
  • 16 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. 
  • 17 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. 

I love this: Here is the prophecy of Israel's restoration. This should be the joy and peace of all that believe in Jesus Christ. Latter day prophecy is being fulfilled now. 

The first part of this passage from verse 1 to verse 15 tells of the abominations and things done by the princes or the men of influence in Israel and why the judgment of God had come upon them. It only takes a small few people to turn a whole nation into apostasy and evil. Today we have the influence of politics, secular education, the news media and even the entertainment industry that influences our thinking. Unless we have a family or church that teaches us the way of God we can be quickly deceived and think that evil is good and good is evil. I see this in the United States today. I've seen people who normally would never have believed in the sin of abortion for instance, change their minds because the political party of their choice accepts it. People do not usually think for themselves once they get away from God and His holiness.

It is so sad to see that in the days of Ezekiel, they departed from God who gave them the land they dwelt on, gave them so many good things, delivered them from enemies and kept them safe; to see them depart and prefer to live like the heathen idolatrous nations that surrounded them. So that is why God allowed the wicked heathen nations to bring them into captivity. They became slaves to the ones they desired to be like and mimic their ways. 

This is what happens when we as people reject God's plan of salvation to free us from the bondage of sin and give us a new life in Jesus Christ. We become a slave to the sin and bondage of the world until it destroys us. 

The United States today is sliding down a dangerous path to destruction. Unlike Israel which God promised to restore, God gave no such promise to the United States or to many countries that exist today. We are living under God's mercy. At His word we stand or fall.

Israel was gathered together after 70 years of captivity to Babylon but in the time of Christ we saw they were still under a certain type of bondage to the Roman Empire. Because of their rejection of their Messiah, Israel was destroyed and they were scattered again so the return after Babylon was not a fulfillment of this particular prophecy. 

In 1948 we saw Israel re-gathered again. That was a partial fulfillment which will be fulfilled during the latter day tribulation and the 2nd coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ. What a glorious day when the nation of Israel discovers that the one who came the first time to die for sins and take away sins is the same one who will save their nation from the armies of the antichrist and the nations that come against Israel in the latter days. 

I personally believe it will be in the same generation as 1948 so the time must be drawing near. 

  • Ezekiel 11:18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. 

We know this is not yet fulfilled for there is a lot of evil in Israel today and in the city of Jerusalem. This will change. Evil will be removed and there will be no idolatry or sexual immorality, or anything that defiles the flesh. 

  • Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh: 

This is what individuals who receive Jesus Christ can have even now. When a person repents of sins and believes the gospel, their inner person is changed. This will be what occurs when Israel believes in Jesus Christ in the latter times. 

  • Ezekiel 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 

So we see to accept Christ is to walk in His ways and keep His word. How can we do this if we reject His word and do not even read it and seek understanding?

  • Ezekiel 11:21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD. 

We can't say we believe in Jesus and still be partaker of detestable things and expect to be saved. To believe in Jesus is to believe His words. If we say we believe in Jesus for salvation and ignore His words by returning to sin and claim to be under grace, that is false. Sin is what is separating people from God. When we are cleansed from sin, we depart from sin and do not willingly walk in sin any longer. 

God has not changed. He is still the same God. When He said, "Thou shalt not make under thee any graven images," He meant it. It does not change under grace. 

Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the law concerning sacrifices and offerings. The moral law is still in effect. 

The law of circumcision, ordinances and Sabbaths were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The moral law of thou shalt not kill, steal, adultery, and such is still in effect and always will be. 

A child of God should have the goal of the two commandments Jesus gave:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, all thy soul and all thy might and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 

All the necessary parts of the law that are still in effect is contained in those two little commandments. If you can keep those two, you will automatically keep all the rest. 

  • Ezekiel 11:22 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. 
  • 23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. 
  • 24 Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me. 
  • 25 Then I spoke unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had showed me. 

He first showed them the reasons for the harsh judgment of God and then showed them the hope of restoration. This is the whole message God brings even today. 

If we are a mess. If we have sinned. We need a savior. Repent (be willing to change) and believe in Jesus Christ to save from sin and then we can receive the Holy Spirit which will abide with us so that we have the strength not to return to the sin that separated us from a holy God. 

Believe, repent and walk with in the newness of life. We do not have to wallow in filth and be partaker of evil.

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