Ezekiel 24 covers the destruction of Jerusalem. The way the author mentions the specific date of this communication from God, saying that the final siege of Jerusalem has begun and God mourns this loss to Ezekiel even as he proclaims the judgement against them.
But notice that God’s judgement is not only for Jerusalem in these chapters. God’s judgement will also fall on the other nations surrounding Jerusalem, nations that very much had it in for God’s chosen people.
Remember when we started Ezekiel I mentioned that the whole point of the book was to remind the exiles of the need to revere God. One of the ways that Ezekiel teaches them (and us) this lesson is through the understanding that all peoples, all nations in all times are responsible to God and that he alone will judge the nations at the appointed time.
There is no one who has any excuse or will have any excuse when God sets up his throne to judge the living and the dead. As Christians, this should motivate us to be sure to be living in the way that the Spirit calls us to live, but it also reminds us that we are responsible for letting other people know of the coming judgement and the freedom offered to us by God through Jesus.
This was one of Israel’s sins for which God was punishing them. They were supposed to be bearers of God’s glory to the nations, a set apart people who would show the nations who God was. Instead they abandoned God and joined the other nations in their idolatry. Let us be careful not to follow their example.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Ezekiel 28-31